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Council to consider Housing Element approval
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BY JEB BING
What a year!
leasanton finished the year as
the envy of the Bay Area and
certainly among cities our
size across the country. Prudent
financial planning kept the city
solvent during the recent recession that saw other cities trim
staff, shut fire stations and take on
With sales and property tax revenue now back to pre-recession
levels, and all construction debts
paid off, the municipal government can once again eye major
projects, such as a new library to
better serve a growing population
that now tops 72,000.
Surveys show most of us like
living, working, shopping and the
schools in Pleasanton. In fact, the
results of a quality of life survey
undertaken in 2014 say we’re “ecstatic” over our community, its
resources, climate, location in the
Bay Area and the economy. The
survey, conducted by the national researchers Fairbank, Maslin,
Maulin Metz & Associates (FM3),
produced the highest favorable
ratings the Santa Monica survey
firm has seen among California
It showed that seven out of
10 Pleasanton residents identified
our town as an “excellent” place
to live, with 25% using the term
“good” and 4% saying it’s “fair”
or “poor.” Another six out of 10
described the quality of life here
as excellent, with 73% of those
of us who own our homes saying
we’re glad to be here. Residents
also believe the city is an excellent
place to raise children, with 72%
using that term and another 22%
saying “good.” Also, 76% of those
residents with children under 19
living at home described Pleasanton as an excellent place to raise a
Not all is perfect, though. John
Fairbank, president of FM3, said
education and housing emerged as
the most serious issues in the FM3
survey, although small in overall survey percentages. A total of
12% of those surveyed have public school concerns, another 10%
have concerns over housing costs
and the lack of affordable housing,
9% saying there’s too much traffic
on city streets and 8% complaining about “too much growth and
Still, although safety is a major
concern in the communities his
firm surveys, an impressive 83%
of those surveyed in Pleasanton
“feel safe” here. Only 1% told
FM3 surveyors they find the city
Otherwise, 88% of us think the
city is doing a good job of pro-
viding local services, giving high
marks to fire protection, emergency response services and water
quality and safety (93%), police
protection (87%) and keeping city
facilities such as the library, Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center and
Senior Center in good condition
(86%). Street maintenance, library
services, business retention and
providing good recreational programs also generated high marks,
with city parks and youth sports
receiving favorable responses in
the 90%-plus range.
Also interesting in the FM3 report is that those of us who lived
in Pleasanton longer have an increasingly positive view about the
city. The survey showed 63% of
those here less than five years
believe this is a good place to live,
compared to 67% in the 6- to
10-year group, 74% in the 11- to
20-year range and 75% who have
lived here 21 years or longer.
Also adding to the city’s reputation for top-notch schools is
the website nerdwallet.com that
ranked the Pleasanton Unified
School District among the “Top
10 school districts in California.”
It gave a high score, at 91%, describing local students as “having
access to a high-quality education,
with secondary students performing well above the state average in
math, language arts and science
last year.” Both Foothill and Amador Valley also consistently rank
among the Top 100 high schools
in California by U.S. News and
All this perhaps explains how
Pleasanton ranked No. 4 in a 2014
survey of America’s 50 Best Cities
to Live In. The survey, conducted
by 24/7 Wall Street, a nationally
recognized online website targeting investors and the business
community, reviewed data on 550
cities with populations of 65,000
or more, as measured by the U.S.
Census Bureau. Then, just a week
after its No. 4 ranking, Pleasanton
came in at No. 31 in a Money
Magazine article on “The Best
Places to Live 2014,” and was also
recognized by the magazine as No.
9 in the country for its economic
The FM3 survey also included
research into where residents obtain their information about the
city with 48% of those surveyed
saying they get their information
about city government and local
issues from the Pleasanton Weekly.
Let’s cheer on the other 52% to
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Public hearing Tuesday to ratify
city’s long-term housing plan
Common Core math
The Pleasanton Unified
School District is scheduled
to host a Math Workshop and
Instructional Materials Fair on
The fair will include a display
of the mathematics instructional
materials being considered for
adoption, as well as a variety
of “hands-on” sessions that aim
to assist parents or guardians
in understanding the Common
Core math implementation process — such as how to help
with homework, Smarter Balanced Assessments, Math Talk,
online resources, college and career readiness, problem-solving
skills, and literacy in mathematics.
The event is set to take place
from 9 a.m. to noon at Harvest
Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave.
With state’s approval, measure meets high-density requirements through 2023
BY JEB BING
he City Council will hold
a public hearing Tuesday to
consider final approval of its
new Housing Element that incorporates land-use changes for 70 acres
of largely undeveloped properties
throughout the city to allow highdensity apartments and homes.
The Housing Element is a statemandated plan cities must endorse
in order to ensure sufficient housing capacity for current and future
housing needs assigned under the
state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) mandate. RHNA
requires cities to show that as a
part of their General Plan they are
meeting the statewide housing goal
of “attaining decent housing and
a suitable living environment for
every California family.”
Last month, the State Department
of Housing and Community Development (HCD) approved Pleasanton’s Housing Element covering
land-use and housing development
during the next RHNA cycle, which
extends through 2023. Tuesday, the
council will vote on making this
new Housing Element a part of the
city’s General Plan.
It’s all part of the periodic updates of the Housing Element that
must be certified by HCD. Certification is required to ensure that
city’s General Plan, to be fully legal
in meeting state requirements, includes policies that continue to
reflect changing community needs,
challenges and opportunities in
compliance with state law.
In order to catch up to the 200714 RHNA cycle, which ends this
year, and after nearly two years and
hundreds of hours of community
meetings, public hearings and staff
discussions, the council rezoned 70
Treatment plant tour
The wastewater treatment
plant that serves Pleasanton and
now provides recycled water is
opening its doors for a public
tour next week.
The Dublin San Ramon Services District — which provides
wastewater treatment to Pleasanton and partners with the
city of Pleasanton in producing
recycled water — is inviting the
public to see how wastewater
becomes recycled water by hosting a tour of the treatment plant
on Jan. 7 at 1:20 p.m.
The free tour lasts 60-90 minutes and is open to adults and
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east of San
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The event celebrates the
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and “Hound Dog” to “Don’t Be
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Along with his band the
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acres for high-density residential
development in 2012.
The city’s rush to rezone sufficient acreage for more high-density
development came after Pleasanton lost a costly court battle over
its 1996 housing cap, which was
ruled illegal. Both the California
Attorney General (then now-Gov.
Jerry Brown) and an Oaklandbased affordable housing coalition
demanded the city meet its RHNA
In the end, those rezonings of
Man was slated to
become principal of
Napa high school
which showed the “international
importance of the Nobel Prize
and the Nobel Laureates.”
After the lectures, NSHSS
members were able to meet and
have lunch with the Nobel Committee, which chooses the Nobel
Laureates every year.
Tu and her fellow NSHSS
members were also able to attend
the Nobel Week Dialogue —
during which figures in science,
economics, business and mathematics discussed the science of,
implications of and perspectives
on aging. Former Nobel Laure-
A 40-year-old bicyclist killed in a
crash east of San Ramon on Saturday morning was the vice principal
of a Berkeley high school and was
slated to become principal of a
school in Napa.
The bicyclist, identified by the
Contra Costa County coroner’s office as Dublin resident Herman
Shum, was part of a group of 50 to
60 people cycling east on Highland
Road around 9:45 a.m. Saturday
when the crash occurred, according
to the California Highway Patrol.
Shum was riding at the back
of the pack and crossed over to
the other side of the road, likely
to avoid a crash between cyclists
ahead of him, CHP officials said.
He was then ejected off his bike
and landed on the road, where a
Peterbilt truck swerved to avoid the
bicyclists but struck and killed him.
Shum was the vice principal at
Saint Mary’s College High School
in Berkeley. Just a couple of weeks
ago, he was picked to become the
new principal of Justin-Siena High
School, a private Catholic school
in Napa, starting in July, school officials said.
Many tributes to Shum’s work
at Saint Mary’s were posted on the
school’s website following the crash.
One wrote, “He made me feel
safe, he made feel assured, he made
me feel like I had a place. The day
of graduation I felt so proud when it
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COURTESY OF CATHERINE TU
Amador Valley High junior Catherine Tu tours the Nobel Museum while attending Nobel Week in Sweden.
Pleasanton student attends
Nobel Week in Sweden
AVHS junior is one of 19 chosen out of 260 worldwide applicants
BY AMANDA AGUILAR
A Pleasanton high schooler
was one of 19 students in a
national organization who had
the opportunity to attend Nobel
Week in Sweden last month.
Amador Valley junior Catherine Tu served as a United States
representative at the annual event
— which included the Nobel
Prize Awards Ceremony, lectures
from Nobel Laureates and other
festivities that honored the 2014
Nobel Prize recipients.
“I was so inspired by the stories
of the Nobel Laureates,” Tu said.
“Bestowed with the highest intellectual honor one could have,
they show the ultimate dedication
and passion for their work.”
Hosted by Stockholm University, the member-only event
for the National Society of High
School Scholars (NSHSS) was
held Dec. 7-10 in Stockholm,
Sweden. Parents of NSHSS members also attended Nobel Week.
In addition to the United
States, NSHSS members represented China and the Ukraine.
Tu said that during the lectures
— in which the Nobel Laureates
in physics, chemistry and economic sciences presented their
research — there was significant
international media coverage,
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Home robber sentenced to 12 years in prison
Jakari Amani Bolden one of four nabbed in 2013 crime
BY AMANDA AGUILAR
An Oakland man involved in
a Pleasanton home invasion robbery in August 2013 was sentenced to 12 years state prison on
Jakari Amani Bolden, 25,
pleaded to robbery and use of a
firearm in the commission of a
felony, according to Pleasanton
police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber.
Three other men were arrested
in 2013 and also reached plea
deals because their involvement
in the incident.
Terrell Antoine Bailey, 26, of
Oakland, Thomas Stokes, 31, of
Hercules, and Myrick Leslie Rucker, 22, of Antioch, each pleaded to
a charge of robbery, according to
police. Those three are set to be
sentenced at a later time.
Pleasanton police received a
call Aug. 26,
2013 at approximately
from a resident
Place, reporting that she
and her husband had been
robbed at gun- Jakari Amani
point five minutes earlier.
The woman told police that
she had just arrived home, gotten out of her vehicle and was
attempting to close her garage
door when she was confronted
by three men armed with guns.
The men forced her into the
house, where they confronted her
husband as well, and demanded
“the money,” said police reports.
The husband complied and
gave the three men cash out of
fear for the safety of himself and
his wife, police said.
According to police reports,
the husband had spent the previous night gambling at Casino 580
in Livermore. After winning an
undisclosed amount of money, he
took a cab home and fell asleep
downstairs with the cash beside
him in a bag.
The robbery occurred several
hours later, police said.
Investigators from the Pleasanton Police Department and
California Department of Justice
Bureau of Gambling Control conducted an extensive follow up
investigation, which revealed that
Bailey and Stokes were at Casino
580 during the time the husband
Police reports said the two men
watched the other man throughout the night as he won a large
amount of money and followed
him home around 6:30 a.m.
Bolden was reportedly called
during this time and met up with
Bailey and Stokes. The home
invasion occurred approximately
six hours later, said police.
During the robbery, one of
Sandia combustion research may lead to
cleaner, more efficient engine, fuel designs
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Breakthrough seen as benefit to auto manufacturers, oil and gas utilities
BY JEB BING
Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have
demonstrated, for the first time,
a method to successfully predict
pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates.
It’s a key breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to benefit auto
and engine manufacturers, oil and
gas utilities and other industries
that employ combustion models.
The technological breakthrough
was featured in the Dec. 5 edition
of Science magazine.
Combustion scientists have
worked for years to better understand the thousands of chemical reactions that take place during the
combustion process, said Sandia’s
Ahren Jasper, the study’s lead author.
Jasper said that as scientists determine and understand the speeds
and outcomes of more and more
of these reactions, they can use
models to more fully characterize
what’s occurring inside an engine,
and thus better predict combustion efficiency and the emissions
formed during combustion.
A more detailed, fundamental understanding of the chemistry of combustion, in turn, may lead to cleaner
and more efficient strategies in automotive vehicle and fuel design.
Argonne chemist Stephen Klippenstein, a corresponding author
of the study, said this method
should aid development of global
models for all gas phase chemical environments, including the
Earth’s atmosphere. Better models
will improve understanding of climate change and boost efforts to
Many of the key steps underlying gas-phase combustion involve
elementary chemical reactions that
are strongly pressure-dependent,
and researchers who develop com-
Sandia National Laboratories Livermore campus.
bustion models require detailed
descriptions of these reactions.
While significant progress has
been made over the years in understanding combustion chemistry,
the outcome and rates of pressuredependent chemical reactions —
those that depend on the pressure
of the gas in the engine — have
been very difficult to predict.
These reactions depend on the
pressure because the redistribution
of energy and angular momentum that occurs when the reacting
molecules collide with other gas
molecules changes the speed and
outcome of the reactions.
Previous qualitative research focused on how various molecular
properties influence energy transfer rates, but no accurate method
could make a priori predictions of
the rate constants, that is, predictions based on theoretical deduction, not observation.
“We’ve desperately needed the
ability to compute and calculate
precisely how chemical reactions
depend on temperature and pressure, and now we have that,” Jasper said.
The team focused on modeling the collisions of molecules in
atomistic detail and characterizing
the transfer of energy and angular
momentum that takes place as a
result of those collisions.
“We succeeded by using more
accurate models for describing the
interaction of the colliding species
and by focusing on only those aspects of energy transfer that are most
relevant in determining the reaction
rate,” Jasper said. This allowed the
researchers to develop a detailed
description of collision outcomes.
Jasper and his colleagues then
were able to obtain that collision
outcome information using direct
“classical trajectories” that explicitly
describe the motion of the atoms
in the molecules, and to use this
the culprits dropped his cell
phone inside the victim’s home
— which police located during
the initial investigation.
Police determined the phone
belonged to Bolden.
The investigation revealed
Bolden had returned to Pleasanton with Rucker and another subject and committed the robbery.
Multiple Bay Area agencies assisted the Pleasanton police on
Oct. 24, 2013 in the service of
search and arrest warrants in Oakland and Hercules — at the homes
of Bolden, Bailey and Stokes.
All three men were taken into
custody at that time. Rucker was
arrested Nov. 6, 2013 at his Antioch home. Q
information in calculating chemical
A key step, Jasper said, was
the development of a model for
the collisional energy and angular momentum transfer function
that reproduced detailed features
predicted by the trajectories and
was simple enough to be used in
practical reaction rate calculations.
“The overall theoretical model
is rather complex, involving many
separate unrelated calculations,
and it is remarkable how accurately one can now treat all aspects
of the problem in developing such
completely a priori predictions,”
“This effort was a true collaboration with both labs playing key
roles in the intellectual foundations
of the work as well as in the actual
computations,” Klippenstein noted.
The work was supported by the
Department of Energy’s Office of
nine separate sites in various parts
of Pleasanton provided a surplus
that gives the city some leeway
ahead of the 2023 housing mandates, which, given the continued
population increase in the state,
are likely to impose additional
high-density requirements to meet
workforce housing needs.
Of 20 sites considered for rezoning during a series of public
hearings and community meetings,
the council chose nine where highdensity developments of 30-units
per acre will be allowed.
Two of those developments are
currently underway. A 168-unit,
three- and four-story complex on
West Las Positas Boulevard near
Stoneridge Drive, being built by St.
Anton Partners, is nearing completion. Work is just starting on a
project by Essex Property Trust of
high-density apartment buildings
with 498 units in three-and-fourstory buildings in Hacienda Business Park.
The only change to be considered
Tuesday, and with HCD approval, is
to reduce the density allowed on an
already-approved apartment complex on property owned by C.M.
Capital on West Las Positas Road
to 12.5 units per acre from 30 and
to chop the height of anything built
there to two stories at the most.
Even with the land-use changes,
there’s no time-table nor does there
appear to be a rush on building the
now-allowed multifamily housing
complexes except for the Essex and
St. Anton projects that are underway.
There will also be restrictions
on just how fast these projects can
be added. Along with rezoning
properties, the council also approved a new growth management
ordinance that limits new projects
since last July 1 to a maximum of
235 units a year.
Consideration of the Housing
Element is the only main item on
the council’s agenda at Tuesday’s
meeting, which will start at 7 p.m.
at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200
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Amador Valley students offer free money-management program
Six-week program open to 6th- through 8th-graders
Whether it’s saving up for college
or a car, or simply saving up for
a certain item during the holiday
season, young students sometimes
don’t fully realize that managing
money in each of these situations
is a crucial step toward making
the purchase, according to Amador
Valley High junior and DECA club
member Pooja Kumar.
Amador’s DECA club is hoping to raise awareness among local
youth about the importance of sav-
ing and spending money wisely in
the future by creating an organization called “Keeping the Balance”
— which aims to instill finance
and money-management skills in
students of all ages.
Keeping the Balance — cofounded by high schoolers Kumar,
Abhisek Sahoo and Sammy Salustri
— will hold a six-week program for
sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders
beginning this month.
The program aims to educate the
students about financial concepts
ranging from saving and balancing
to managing a bank account.
“As a young child I never realized the importance of saving up; it
only occurred to me in high school
that I’ve been taking the money I
have for granted,” Sahoo said.
According to the trio, only as
high schoolers did they realize that
the expenses of college can be
overwhelming and saving habits in
middle school would have helped
Livermore Area park district offering
outdoor programs in new year
Hikes, activities open to all in Tri-Valley
BY JEB BING
The Livermore Area Recreation
and Park District ranger staff is offering a series of programs during
the month of January.
Lea Blevins, the district’s public
information officer, said that while
participants don’t have to be Livermore or park district residents,
there is a $5 per vehicle parking
fee at either entrance to Sycamore
Grove Park, and a $3 donation is
requested to help support the programs.
The January programs start at 10
a.m. tomorrow with a New Year’s
Resolution Hike with Ranger Glen
Florey at Sycamore Grove Park,
1051 Wetmore Road.
Blevins asked: “Resolved to get
more exercise? Feeling the extra
pounds from the holidays and
looking for some vigorous activity?”
“Then come out to Sycamore
Grove for a hike to the highest hill
in the park,” she added. “Be prepared to slog through mud, as the
hike will go rain or shine. Distance
will be approximately 4.5 miles on
mostly unpaved trails.”
Other January events follow:
Saturday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.
Mud is a good thing — for tracking. In the absence of snow, mud is
the next best surface in which to
track, so hope for some mud and
come out to the park.
Search for tracks and do exercises to help strengthen your powers
of observation, specifically related
to tracking. There will be a group
size limit and preregistration requirement, so contact Ranger Patti
at [email protected] to sign up no
later than Jan. 8.
Ranger Patti Cole, Sycamore
Grove Park, Nature Area Entrance
(directions given when registering).
Secrets of the Sycamores
Sunday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m.
Sycamore Grove is home to the
second largest stand of western
sycamore trees in the world. Come
learn about the park’s namesake
tree, the animals that depend on
them and why groves like this are
so rare today. Visit some of Ranger
Amy’s favorite sycamore trees. Canceled if raining heavily.
Ranger Amy Wolitzer, Sycamore
Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road
Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.
Join this program in the Sycamore Grove Nature Area for a nice,
leisurely walk to enjoy the park
during its winter season. Along
the way, look for local wildlife and
enjoy the crisp air and winter atmosphere. Wear comfortable shoes.
The walk will be on unpaved paths,
so no strollers.
The hike should finish as the sun
is setting. Canceled if raining. Call
for reservations at 960-2400.
Ranger Dawn Soles, Sycamore
Grove Park, Nature Area Entrance
(directions given when registering). Q
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them once they graduate from high
“I wish there was a program like
this when I was younger, because
now that I am going to college next
year, I have to be more aware on
how I use my money. These skills
need to be taught when students
are younger,” said Salustri, an Amador senior.
The free six-week program is
scheduled for Jan. 6, 13 and 27,
and Feb. 3, 10 and 17.
Neo Group adds 3 new
executives in bid to
Pleasanton company helps organizations meet
Neo Group — a Pleasantonbased data, analytics, monitoring and advisory firm — has announced that it has hired three
senior executives to help accelerate
the company’s growth in 2015.
Founded in 1999, Neo Group,
which is located at 6200 Stoneridge Mall Road, helps organizations meet business objectives
and address business challenges
by leveraging global services and
The new executives are Christine Ferrusi Ross, William Sellers and Kevin English.
English joins Neo Group as a
partner in the advisory services
practice, focusing on helping the
firm grow its “Chief Digital Officer” practice. He has more than
30 years of experience in the
global services sector, including
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ates and top university professors
were also part of the discussion.
In addition to the lectures and
discussions, the students visited
the Nobel Museum and Stockholm
City Hall, and were interviewed by
a Swedish television crew at the
Nobel Breakfast — during which
they were able to talk to Stockholm
On Dec. 10, the NSHSS members
were able to watch the Nobel Prize
Ceremony, which Tu described as
“grand and majestic.”
William Moerner, who received
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Thanksgiving in Sydney: On their first foreign travel, Sophia and Simone
Campbell-Saito and their Australian cousin Sam Saito enjoyed the ferry
ride past the famed Sydney Opera House to the Sydney zoo with the
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The organization will meet those
Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Amador
in room P-9.
Classes will be taught by Kumar,
Sahoo and Salustri — 11th- and
12th-grade students, who are avid
DECA members and have a strong
base on finance and business skills.
Interested students can sign
up at http://bit.ly/1wwJ6p8 or by
emailing [email protected]
was my turn to receive my diploma
— he told me how proud he was
of me. Hearing that from him was,
great — I felt ready for whatever
was and will be thrown at me.”
A GoFundMe account, http://
help with Shum’s funeral costs
and college tuition for his two
at Hewlett Packard, Accenture,
Satyam Computer Services and
Ross, who will be responsible
for product development and
market positioning at Neo, previously worked at Forrester Research, answerthink (now Hackett Group), Gartner/Dataquest
and Brodeur Worldwide.
Sellers will lead Neo Group’s
Supply Wisdom product growth
and sales direction. He has more
than 20 years of sales experience
in research and advisory disciplines, including at Forrester
Research, Eduventures and other
“I am delighted to welcome
these talented executives to the
Neo team,” said Atul Vashistha,
company chairman. Q
— Jeb Bing
the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry
at the ceremony, was born in Pleasanton — which Tu said made her
“especially proud and inspired.”
Tu said the experience at the
event far exceeded her expectations.
“Nobel Week was an incredibly
valuable experience for my academic pursuits and for my perspective on society,” Tu said.
Tu wasn’t the only Tri-Valley student to participate in Nobel Week.
Saranesh Prembabu, from San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley High School,
also joined the NSHSS group.
Prembabu and Tu were two of
three California students chosen to
attend the annual event. Q
daughters had gathered more than
$25,000 as of Monday afternoon.
Another person suffered major
injuries and a third suffered minor
injuries in Saturday’s incident, according to the CHP.
The truck driver, a 56-year-old
Livermore man, was not injured.
Drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, CHP
officials said. Q
—Bay City News Service
Tri Valley Life
What’s happening around
the Valley in music, theater,
art, movies and more
Arts in the Schools
Recognizing the value of arts in
the school curriculum, in 1974 the
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) created its Arts in the
Schools program, which focuses
on drama, music and visual arts.
School faculty, supported by local
artists, actors and musicians, work
with students as they learn the
basics of acting, voice control,
staging, costumes, musical instruments and the basics of drawing,
watercolor and different art styles.
After the strings program had
been eliminated from the schools
for more than 20 years, PCAC advocated for a full-time teacher of
strings for the fourth and fifth
grades and purchased instruments to get a strings program
re-launched. The program now
serves more than 1,000 students,
and both Amador Valley High and
Foothill High have full orchestras.
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with new p
enowned concert pianist
Tamriko Siprashvili played
her way into the hearts of
music lovers in Pleasanton as she
performed concerts in the Amador
Theater for many years to benefit
the schools through the Pleasanton
Cultural Arts Council. Her last performance for PCAC was in 2008.
Those who have missed her
magic on the keyboard were thrilled
to learn that Tamriko is back, performing Jan. 24, now paired with
pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov, a fellow Schumann aficionado.
Tamriko was born and raised in the
Republic of Georgia while Temirzhan
hails from Kazakhstan, but their lives’
journeys have landed them in Pleasanton and Hayward, respectively.
Once they discovered their proximity, the idea was born — a concert to unite their training, their
talent and their passion.
“Though our cultures differ
dramatically, the music of Robert
Schumann drew both of us in,”
said. “Musically and arT
we are like-minded. We
a similar passion and enh
er that will synchronize to create
There are other similarities, too.
Both were recognized at an early
ag as musically gifted, and both
to Moscow to be educated
a the prestigious Moscow Conservatory.
Both studied under the renowned Mikhail Voskresensky, and
both won the gold medal at the
Robert Schumann International
Piano Competition in Swickau,
Germany — Tamriko in 1985, and
Temirzhan in 1993.
Although many musicians have
won the celebrated Schumann competition, Tamriko and Temirzhan are
two of only five who are honored
to have their photographs hanging
in the Schumann House. Now they
enjoy playing Schumann on two
pianos as well as exploring a wide
range of music, and Pleasanton fans
will enjoy their first concert as a duo.
“I don’t know of any other gold
medal winners of the Schumann
competition that have performed in
a concert together,” Tamriko said.
Tamriko Siprashvili has performed concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Georgia, Chile, Argentina and Canada, and in the
United States as a soloist and
chamber music performer. She’s
played with venerable orchestras
such as Leipzig Gewandhaus,
Zwickau Philharmonishes, Budapest Symphony Orchestra and
Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra,
and in concert halls in Berlin, Moscow, Budapest and St. Petersburg.
Temirzhan Yerzhanov has toured
12 countries in solo, chamber
music and with Moscow Radio
Tchaikovsky Symphony, Zwickau
Philharmonishes, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Vogtland Philharmonie and
the Symphony Orchestra of India.
The Jan. 24 performance at
the Amador Theater will include
etudes by Schumann and Debussy
as well as works by Ravel, Rach-
As the curriculum grew, PCAC
developed a grants program to
provide a wide variety of cultural
arts experiences for teachers and
students. Wide community support was, until recently, augmented by grants from the city, county
and private foundations, but the
recent recession has seriously impacted funding for arts programs
in the schools while the needs
continue to grow.
In 2012, PCAC donated $7,000
to arts education; in 2013, it gave
$5,000 for fine arts programs and
for art supplies in the elementary
schools. A goal of PCAC is to fund
all nine Pleasanton elementary
schools to improve the quality of
art experiences and art supplies.
Tax deductible contributions
can be sent to PCAC at P.O. Box
1298, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
maninov, Saint-Saens and the Bay
Area premiere of a piece by Martinu, a Czech composer.
Tamriko and her husband, pianist Mark Anderson, moved to
Pleasanton in 1997, settling down
to raise their daughter Nina after a
peripatetic life performing in countries around the world.
Tamriko played in her first concert to benefit PCAC in 1994, and
music enthusiasts quickly embraced
her — she recalled how the community showed up for performances
they gave to raise money to travel to
Moscow to record a CD, which was
released in 2004. She is now director and owner of Inspire Academy
of Music and Arts in Pleasanton.
PCAC members are thrilled to
have her perform again to benefit
its Arts in the Schools program,
and are looking forward to hearing
and seeing her play with her new
“It will be a privilege and unique
experience for Pleasanton to be
part of this one-of-a-kind concert,”
said Charlotte Severin, founding
president of PCAC. “It is exciting to
see something of this caliber coming to us in a local venue.”
“It will be a sellout,” Severin
added, “so people should get their
tickets right away.” Q
What: “A Night to Remember,”
two-piano benefit concert
Who: Tamriko Siprashvili and
When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24
Where: Amador Theater, 1155
Santa Rita Road
Tickets: $35 adult; $30 senior;
$20 student; call 931-4848, visit
www.firehousearts.org, or go to
the Firehouse Arts Center box
office, 4444 Railroad Ave.
Benefits: Pleasanton Cultural
Arts Council’s Arts in the
Pleasanton Weekly • January 2, 2015 • Page 9
Five arrested in connection with
Pleasanton police have arrested five men who are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of metal,
electrical cabling and wiring on two separate occasions
from the Pleasanton Clorox plant on Johnson Drive.
Officers responded to the business around 5:40 a.m.
Dec. 29 after they received a call from a security guard who
saw two subjects fleeing from the building.
Police arrived and arrested 40-year-old Vincente Nunez
Reyes, of San Jose, on suspicion of burglary, receiving
stolen property, keeping lost property and assault with a
deadly weapon (for allegedly driving the vehicle toward the
Officers were not able to locate the second individual
who fled on foot, said police.
Prior to that incident, officers arrested four men Dec. 25
for allegedly burglarizing the Clorox plant.
Pleasanton police Sgt. Pat Walsh reported that the burglary occurred the night of Dec. 23. Police checking the
scene again Christmas Day spotted a “suspicious” vehicle
in an adjacent parking lot and arrested two people leaving
a building, followed by two additional men who were seen
trying to run from the scene.
The four were taken to Santa Rita Jail and charged with
several crimes, including burglary, possession of burglary
tools, possession of narcotics and resisting arrest.
The arrestees were identified as Miguel Padilla, 36, of
from Mountain View, and San Jose residents Hipolito Padillo, 34, Jose Morales-Bustos, 34, and Evaristo Luna, 25.
In other police reports:
• An Oakland man was arrested on suspicion of drug- and
weapon-related charges after a traffic stop in Pleasanton on
According to police, an officer conducted a traffic stop
on the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road for a vehicle
with no brake light.
Police allege that when the officer contacted the driver,
identified as 23-year-old Maurice Lesley, the officer could
smell marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.
The officer conducted a search of the compartment
and found 24.5 grams of marijuana, 55 Xanax pills and a
loaded 9 mm TEC-9 handgun, according to police reports.
Lesley was arrested on suspicion of possessing Xanax
without a prescription, carrying a concealed firearm, felony
possession of an assault weapon, carrying a loaded firearm
in public and possessing a controlled substance while
Police said there were two other male occupants in the
vehicle. They were not arrested.
• Three people were arrested Dec. 30 on a variety of charges stemming from an identity-theft investigation.
A Pleasanton police officer was checking the Larkspur
Landing Hotel parking lot on Johnson Court when he
noticed three men standing outside a vehicle, according to
Sgt. Eric Gora.
The officer ran the license plate and learned the vehicle
was stolen out of Hayward, Gora said.
One of the men, Jason Brown of San Jose, was initially
arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle.
Police allege numerous items were found inside the vehicle, including personal identifying information and stolen mail belonging to dozens of victims throughout the Bay
Area. Brown, 25, also allegedly had evidence in his pockets
indicating his involvement in stealing people’s identities.
Officers followed up on information and learned Brown
may have been associated with a room inside the hotel,
As the officers were walking down the hotel hallway, they
contacted a man and woman exiting one of the rooms, according to Gora. The pair were identified as Chase Alves
and Heather Maiale, who were both on probation and had
search conditions, according to police.
Police allege Alves, 29, and Maiale, 25, were found in
possession of narcotics and credit cards not belonging to
Officers continued to conduct a search of the hotel
room which led them to finding computers, an embossing
machine, narcotics, fake credit cards and stolen property,
according to police reports.
Alves, of Castro Valley, was arrested on suspicion of possessing narcotics and violating probation. Maiale, of Mountain House, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and
Additional charges for Alves and Maiale are pending
further investigation, according to Gora.
Brown was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen
vehicle, stolen property and personal information.
• Livermore police arrested two transients out of San Francisco on Dec. 24 with a car reportedly full of stolen packages from various East Bay towns, including Pleasanton
Police said they were receiving calls about two people,
later identified as 27-year-old Christina Rodriguez and
32-year-old Jose Ruiz, stealing packages from porches in
the Lexington and Trinity Hills area around 10 a.m.
Officers were not able to locate the man and woman at
that time, but later that day a resident reported seeing two
people hiding in the bushes on Marina Road, police said.
When officers arrived, they found Rodriguez and Ruiz in
the area and recognized one of them from a video surveillance of one the package thefts, police said.
Rodriguez and Ruiz were initially arrested on suspicion
of prowling; however, when police found their vehicle
nearby, it was reportedly full of stolen mail and packages.
Both were arrested and booked.
Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent
until convicted. Q
The Pleasanton Police Department made
the following information available.
Q 1:29 a.m. in the 1100 block of Santa
Q 9:17 a.m. in the 4400 block of Willow
Road; theft from auto
Q 1:39 p.m. in the 1500 block of East
Gate Way; bicycle theft
Q 11:47 p.m. in the 1000 block of
Stoneridge Mall Road; theft from
Q 3:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of
Stoneridge Mall Road
Child abuse report
Q 12:31 p.m. Street information not
Q 1:09 p.m. in the 3700 block of
Stoneridge Drive; graffiti
Q 11:31 a.m. in the 3300 block of
Dennis Drive; graffiti
Q 5:09 p.m. in the 5900 block of
Q 4:19 p.m. in the 1000 block of
Stoneridge Mall Road
p.m. in the 2300 block of
Q 8:51 a.m. in the 6000 block of
Q 8:59 a.m. in the 5800 block of
Gibraltar Drive; commercial
Q 12:16 p.m. in the 3600 block of
Pimlico Drive; residential
Q 3:27 p.m. in the 3000 block of
Q 5:04 p.m. in the 800 block of
Q 6:33 p.m. in the 4500 block of
Q 12:40 p.m. in the 7800 block of
p.m. in the 5100 block of
Q 4:58 p.m. in the 1000 block of
Stoneridge Mall Road
Q 5:57 p.m. in the 8100 block of Moller
Q 8:17 p.m. in the 2300 block of
Stoneridge Mall Road
Q 10:32 a.m. in the 7200 block of
a.m. in the 3100 block of
Q 3:25 p.m. in the 7200 block of
Q 10:47 a.m. in the 5700 block of
Owens Drive theft from auto
Q 12:44 p.m. in the 4300 block of
Q 1:12 p.m. in the 1300 block of
Benedict Court; auto theft
Q 4:52 p.m. in the 3100 block of Santa
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Pleasanton leaders look
to exciting, busy 2015
Gina Channell-Allen, Ext. 119
Jeb Bing, Ext. 118
he Pleasanton City Council is expected to wrap up more than
two years and hundreds of hours of public meetings Tuesday
with the adoption of a General Plan amendment called the
Housing Element (see story, p. 5).
The action would lock in the city’s commitment to meet state-imposed guidelines for providing sufficient housing to meet the needs
of workers employed in the city’s expanding business community
but who can’t afford our high-priced housing. Once approved, the
council and its commissions, committees, task forces and city staff
can move on to other priorities facing the city in the new year. Here
are some of them:
Bernal Community Park
High on the council’s priority list is awarding a $16.5 million contract
to add three all-weather lighted multipurpose sports fields with synthetic turf suitable for soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse, and the 40-acre
oak woodland with trails, open space and passive recreation areas.
A key element of these improvements will be the “Grand Meadow,”
as some call it — a 38-acre Oak Woodland, which will include trails,
tree canopies, meadows and diverse vegetation perceived as natural wilderness. Native woodland and grassland components will be included
along asphalt and decomposed granite pathways and a trail system.
Planned for completion late next year, this will be the second phase
of the Bernal Community Park plan voters approved to complete the
318 acres that were given to the city of Pleasanton in 2000 by Greenbriar Homes.
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This multimillion-dollar project will get underway shortly, but
will take most of the year to complete. It involves installing recycled
(purple) water pipes from the Dublin San Ramon Services District
recycling plant on Johnson Drive along sections of Hopyard Road and
Valley Avenue, including channeling the pipes under the arroyo.
Once installed, connections will be made to sprinkler systems that
now irrigate Ken Mercer Sports Park (the city’s largest public water
user), parts of the landscaped areas of residential and business sections of Hacienda, and other nearby public parks. Future extensions
will allow recycled water to be used to irrigate other public parks and
open space, including Callippe Preserve Golf Course.
Continued planning for this $62.8 million complex to be called
Kottinger Gardens will take most of the year, with actual construction to start in 2016. The new facility will double the number of units
available to Pleasanton’s low-income seniors now at Kottinger Place
and Pleasanton Gardens. Part of the planning effort will be to find
temporary housing for residents now living in these units.
Multimillion-dollar projects already approved by the council will get
underway this year, including Workday’s six-story new office center on
Stoneridge Mall Road, new sales centers for CarMax and Stoneridge
Chrysler in Staples Ranch and an all-Asian retail center on the Pleasanton side of El Charro Road, also in Staples. The Pleasanton Police
Department will add its first substation near BART when the Workday
New library/Civic Center
These two projects that have been discussed for years will come before the City Council this year as the city’s financial situation improves.
The city’s public library is overcrowded and the Civic Center is now the
oldest among all Alameda County cities, with portable buildings and
inadequate to serve today’s high-tech requirements. The council has appointed a committee to look at replacing these buildings and services.
Among other actions in the coming months will be awarding a
contract for a new dog park near Bernal Avenue and I-680, dedication
of Rotary Park on north Main Street, consideration of a new housing
project off Sunol Boulevard called Lund Ranch, review of a new master
plan for the Alameda County Fairgrounds and plans to upgrade Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery.
Look for a busy year starting with the City Council’s meeting next
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Mike, Suzanne, Ethan
& Madeline Dutra ...................... $100
Bob Williams ................................ $300
Dave Cryer.................................... $100
Tim & Belinda Schultz .............. $100
Carmen Merritt ................................. **
Mavis E. Williams .............................. **
Frank & Muriel Capilla .................... **
Bill & Pat Ruvalcaba................... $300
John & Barbara Severini .......... $250
Ilene & Mike Forman ................ $250
Bob & Marianne Eisberg................ **
Paul Ebright ................................. $100
Blaise & Amy Lofland................ $250
Barbara W. Daniels........................... **
Eric & Lainie Krieger .................. $250
Michelle Weeks ................................. **
Sonal & Ajay Shah............................ **
Dottie & Bill Berck ...................... $200
Jan & Jeb Bing............................. $200
Jason Stinebaugh .........................$20
Christina & Srikant Mantha .......... **
Alan & Carol Cohen ................... $250
Dan Sapone &
Gretta Speakman....................... $100
Joe & Kelly Montes .......................$50
Janet Allen ......................................... **
Bob & Kathy Russman .................... **
Chris & Linda Coleman ............ $500
Rita L. Rollar ................................. $100
Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman...$75
The Browning Family ............... $100
Kathy & Jeff Narum ................... $200
Janet Kleyn......................................... **
Lori Franklin ....................................$50
Dennis & Linda Corbett ........... $100
Lori Rice......................................... $100
Debi & Jeff Zentner ................... $250
David & Deborah Clausen ...... $250
Ran & Pat Costello ........................... **
Carl & Sharrell Michelotti ........ $100
Janice Hermann ............................... **
John & Kay Stewart ......................... **
Bobby Jensen.............................. $250
Fran & Sonia Geasa ................... $200
Glenn & Janet Wenig ................ $100
Greg Landrum ............................ $500
Kelly & Gail James .........................$25
Joel F. Geldermann ................... $100
Richard & Gloria Fredette ............. **
Bruce & Cindy Yamamoto ............. **
Rick & Dawn Marie Barraza .... $250
Greg Gum & Laura Keller .............. **
Steve & Linda Ethier........................ **
Nancy & Marvin Rensink ............... **
Ann & Don Rathjen ......................... **
Kathleen Glancy ............................$50
Gladys Pearson ..............................$50
Mrs. Terry Messick-Cass
& Mr. Barry Cass .......................... $200
Alice Desrosiers .......................... $100
Patricia Bacon ............................. $200
Greg & Peg Meagher ...................... **
John Li ..............................................$50
Peggy & Bill Paris.............................. **
Jeff & Jeri Oh...................................... **
Bob & Orley Philcox .................. $500
Bob & Betsy Harris ..................... $400
Gary & Nancy Harrington ....... $250
Brian Swift .......................................... **
John & Nancy Moffat ...................... **
Chuck & Debra Uhler ...................$50
Sean Chase......................................... **
The Murtagh Family ................. $500
Tim & Sharyn Henshaw ................. **
Charlotte & Jerry Severin ........ $100
The Burg Family ......................... $100
Helmuth Meissner ........................... **
Randy & Emily Yim .................... $100
Carole Peterson & Jim Brice ......... **
Carlo & Geraldine Vecchiarelli ...$100
John Piekarski ............................. $100
Sanjani & Ravi Ramkissoon .... $100
Gary Alt ......................................... $100
John Schadegg........................... $125
Andy & Valerie Poryes .............. $100
Mohamed Ziauddin .................. $100
Robert Silva.................................. $100
Mr. & Mrs. Hal Wilson ...................... **
Michael & Bernie Billen ............ $100
Gretchen & John Clatworthy.... $300
Vivian & Waren Straight................. **
Arlene A. Bush .................................. **
Isabel R. Curry ................................... **
Jim & Diane Brittain ........................ **
Rodger, Laura &
Stephanie Miller ............................$50
Carol Guarnaccia........................ $100
John & Marcia O’Neill ..................... **
Delia Haag .......................................... **
Betty Kirvan ................................. $100
Lou & Susan Astbury ................ $100
Donna & Jim Zarrillo ................. $200
Ruth Pauline Coe ............................. **
Kay Fogarty .................................. $100
Nancy Manley & Steve Biro .......... **
Robert & Carol Molinaro ......... $500
Terry & Al Exner ................................ **
Rudolph & Marguerite
The Ristow Family...................... $150
Herb & Cathy Ritter Family ........... **
Liz Kerton ..................................... $500
Kim & Ron Possehl..................... $250
Sue Compton .............................. $200
& Robb Kahn .............................$1500
Victor Wheatman ....................... $100
Mark & Lilibeth Smith .............. $200
Curtis Lum .......................................$40
Alan Purves .................................. $120
Edward Dantzig.......................... $500
Xiaopei & Andrew Gelb ................. **
Carol Smith .................................. $200
Marlyn Chesnut ................................ **
Phillip & Kathi Vermont ................. **
Curtis & Antonia Hume.................. **
Sue & Jim Falls ............................ $100
Joe & Sue Silva .................................. **
Albert & Lola Malatesta ........... $100
Nancy Briemle .................................. **
Nicole, Ana, & Michael Fong..... $200
Ed & Vicki Cunniffe .................... $100
Dave & Roz Gamble ........................ **
Joseph & Bea O’Brien ..................... **
Joyce & Bob Shapiro ................. $100
Mike Herman..................................... **
Kevin & Cindy Powers .................... **
The Sborov Family ........................... **
The Markel Ohana ..................... $250
Alan Purves .................................. $120
Vivian Leon .................................. $100
Jean A. Felton.............................. $250
Susan Hayes................................. $100
Tom & Sue Fox .................................. **
Cindy Gee ..................................... $100
Nancy Storch ..................................... **
Mary Bedegi ...................................... **
Tom & Debby Glassanos ......... $250
Diane Davidson .......................... $100
Charles Deckert .......................... $100
Robert Beebe .............................. $100
The Ulrich Family ............................. **
Brad & Jessica LaLuzerne ........ $500
Garrett Holmes & Angela
Ramirez Holmes ......................... $100
Frank & Teresa Morgan .................. **
Gene Johnson ............................. $100
Poy & Richard Chew........................ **
Bill & Ellie Haynes............................. **
John H. Marshall......................... $100
Kevin & Sanora Ryan................. $100
George & Hilary Strain ................... **
BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS
California Self Defense
Construction and Remodeling ... **
Mission Pipe Shop
& Cigar Lounge ..............................$75
Time 4 Order Professional
Organizing ................................... $100
Ponderosa Homes ........................... **
Kiwanis Club of Pleasanton .$1000
Tim McGuire Team Alain Pinel Realtors .................$1000
Pleasanton Pet Sitting.................$75
Bay East Association
of Realtors Foundation ..........$2500
The Christmas Light Pros
of Tri-Valley .................................. $100
Casper Screens ........................... $100
Electrolysis by Conni ...................... **
J. Vellinger Designs ................... $150
Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP . **
Hacienda Bonco Group ..............$75
Esther Yu - 7 Springs Properties . **
Karen E. Morliengo LMFT.............. **
IN HONOR OF
Our pride and joys, our five
grandchildren, from Grandma &
Grandpa Spicka ................................ **
Family - past, present, future, from
Harold, Gena, & Wayne Gatlin...$300
Jana Grant from Steve
& Jori Grant .................................. $100
IN MEMORY OF
Jean Kallenberg from Don
Kallenberg .......................................... **
Our wonderful Grandparents Roselle Grimes, Verna & Claude
Plumm, Joe & Evelyn Schrick, Frank
& Mary Franchuk from The
Grimes Family ................................... **
Carl W. Pretzel from
Marilyn Pretzel ............................ $100
Judy Perko from Bob Perko.... $100
Gam & Papa Abbott from The
Casey Family ...................................... **
Roy Fletcher, Jr. from Sue Evans . **
Louis Caslin from Mike
& Kris Harnett .............................. $100
Dr. E. John Ainsworth & David
Pearson from The Caldwell Family
Norm Bottorff from
Dory Bottorff ............................... $100
Bill & Alice Marsh from Bill &
Audrey Sears ..................................... **
Dr. John Ainsworth from
The Ainsworth Family .............. $200
John A. Mavridis from
Corrine Mavridis............................... **
Nicholas Daniel Lesser from Bruce
& Kathleen Lesser ............................ **
Robert Himsl from
Charlotte Himsl ................................ **
James B. Kohnen from
Pat Kohnen .................................. $250
Richard Del Tredici .................... $100
Mary L. Erickson from
A. L. Copher ....................................... **
Elizabeth Ng from Chris
& Linda Coleman ....................... $500
Doris T. Walberg from Todd &
Brenda Walberg.......................... $100
Tom Elsnab from Nancy Elsnab .... **
Janet Reichlin from Mike, Lori &
Michael Reichlin ......................... $100
Coach Tony Costello from Michael
& Cheryl Costello ............................. **
Rick Aguiar from Nancy
Aguiar Fargis...................................... **
Jeri McMillin & Phil Arnott
from Scott McMillin .................. $500
Jerry Lem & Ken Mercer
from John & Suzy Ferreri ............... **
Mother Stewart & Mother Lisa from
Elite & Gordon Stewart .................. **
Chris Beratlis from Vic’s Coffee
Shop Problem Solvers.............. $160
Emily Hirst from Bill &
Fran Hirst ...................................... $100
Jim Snodgrass from Virginia
Snodgrass ..................................... $100
Bert Brook from Dee Brook .... $200
Betty Patrick from Chuck
& Joan Brown .................................... **
Betty Bird from Linda
Krasnow ........................................ $200
Edythe Shewfelt from Frank
& Muriel Capilla ................................ **
Arleen Neu from La Vern Neu $200
Owen Saupe from Rebecca
Saupe ................................................... **
Matt, Diane, Ernie & Michael from
the Pentin Family ............................. **
Sarah Anne Lees from Don & Judy
Person .................................................. **
Jameson Lindskog from Candace
Lindskog ............................................. **
Gene Strom, Keith Strom, Donna
Miller & Bill Kolb from
Carol G. Kolb-Strom .................. $500
from Corrine Mavridis .................... **
Sharon Dirkx from Joe Dirkx ... $100
Richard T. Peterson from
Doris Jean Peterson ........................ **
Bill Haraughty from
Lela Terrill from Jane DeCoite .. $100
Dick Waldron from
Virginia Waldron .............................. **
Jack Emmons from
Walter & Roberta Donnelly from
Kathleen Reinig .......................... $200
Archie, Adeline, Roy & Eva ............ **
Karl K. Witze ................................. $500
Ron Silva from Nancy Silva........... **
Steven Charles Irby from Charles &
Dorothy Irby ...................................... **
Ryder & Alice Collins from Tom &
Laura Ditto ......................................... **
Kwok Ying & Pui Chun Hui...... $100
Jameson Lindskog, Specialist,
U.S. Army Combat Medic, Silver
Star Recipient, Killed in Action
March 29, 2011, Kunar Province,
Afghanistan; from Chris
& Marty Miller ............................. $100
Roger Dabney & Ken Mercer from
Marty Zarcone .................................. **
Beverly Ann Howe Merrill & Elsie
“Jane” Carey. May they rest in
peace, from Howard Merrill ... $100
Peggy J. Karn from
Richard W. Karn ................................ **
Woody Pereira from Silvia Pereira
and Family .................................... $200
Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie
Warner, David & Marian Hillman
from Sharon Hillman ...................... **
Paul Hill from Ann Hill .................... **
Dan & Lou Lincoln ........................... **
Guadalupe Mariscal from Bob &
Tina Kahn...................................... $100
Adrienne Riley from Roger &
Brenda Harris..................................... **
Richard Del Tredici from John &
Lisa Loundagin ..............................$50
Grandpa Tom & Grandma Marge
from Annie & Kevin Sjodahl ... $100
Grandpa Ray from
Jeff Ulatoski ................................. $100
Our parents Donna & Bob Williams
& Hank Gomez from Frank Gomez
& Maureen Nokes ...................... $200
Lee B. Young from
Marsha Young ............................. $100
May Consedine, Harold Consedine
& Hubert Hamm from Eileen &
Allen Hamm................................. $200
Doris Cink & Charles Glass
from Vernon Cink............................. **
Marilyn Bowe from
James Bowe ....................................... **
Betty Dawson from
Dan Dawson ...................................... **
** The asterisk designates that
the donor did not want to publish the
amount of the gift.
Pleasanton Weekly • January 2, 2015 • Page 13
Pleasanton deals with drought, proposed developments,
a long hot summer and key local elections
B Y D OLORES F OX C IARDELLI
any newsworthy events took place
in 2014, such as the city passing
policies to preserve downtown
historic homes and ValleyCare’s merger with
Stanford Health Care. At the same time,
life continued in Pleasanton as usual, with
residents enjoying the museum lecture series,
the farmers market, First Wednesday street
parties and concerts in the park.
As the year continued, we came to realize
the seriousness of the drought, and Pleasanton
made plans to cope. Also elections were
• BART passengers start new
year of commuting with fares up
an average of 5% to help pay
for new train cars, a new control
system, and improvements to a
maintenance facility in Hayward.
The cost to park at the two Dublin/Pleasanton BART stations rises
to $2 starting Jan. 27.
• Verizon Wireless Network announces it has added new 4G LTE
cell sites along Vineyard Avenue,
Isabel Avenue and Stanley Boulevard.
• East Bay YMCA leaders hold
two forums for parents on how
to “watch your children and listen” and be aware of changes in
their behavior, in the aftermath
of the arrest of popular Livermore golf coach Andrew Michael
Nisbet on charges of sexually
• The 2014 Ed Kinney Speaker
Series begins Jan. 14 with that
quintessentially American humorist, Mark Twain, played by Pat
• Pleasanton’s Community of
Character Coalition chooses, as
recipients of Juanita Haugen memorial scholarships for 2014,
Alice Deng from Amador Valley
held and our officials continued to deal with
development — and those who oppose it.
Police warned of a “grandparent scam” and
launched a new crime prevention campaign to
reduce preventable property crimes, while the
courts sentenced a speeding Pleasanton teen
who killed a cyclist on Foothill Road, and a
man was convicted of murdering a girl when
both were high school students here in 1984.
Reading back over the last 52 Pleasanton
Weeklies, it becomes clear that 2014 was a
High School and Diane Hadley
• Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555
— which represents 945 station
agents, train operators and foreworkers — approve a tentative
four-year BART agreement to end
nine months of labor strife.
• Former Pleasanton Mayor
Ken Mercer, 71, dies Jan. 14
after a long battle with cancer.
He was first elected to the City
Council in 1976 and served in
rotation as mayor before becoming the city’s first directly elected
• The speed limit on the newly
extended section of Stoneridge
Drive is raised to 40 mph from 35
mph after a speed survey shows
that 85% of motorists clocked
were traveling at an average speed
of 43 mph.
• After two years of public debate, the Pleasanton City Council
OKs changes to its policies and
regulations to preserve the look
of historic homes in the downtown district; homes built before
1942 — which will be listed in a
register — will now be considered
historic and subject to the new
• The Rotary Club of Pleasanton raises $4,400 at its Saturday
“yard sale” in the parking lot at
Amador Valley High School to
purchase and distribute wheelchairs to people with disabilities
in Latin America, including Tulancingo, Pleasanton’s sister city.
• Zone 7 Water Agency Board of
Directors declares a local drought
emergency upon learning that
State Water Project allocations
may be eliminated, pending the
continuation of the dry climate.
• Pleasanton resident Philip
Scholz, 35, is killed after being
struck by a train at the Santa Clara
station around 5:45 p.m. Jan. 20
after he reaches out to a man on
the tracks to help save him.
MIKE SEDLAK/[email protected]
The effects of the drought could be seen early in the year around Pleasanton, including the hills surrounding Callippe
Preserve Golf Course in January.
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• The Pleasanton school board
talks about a bond measure after
hearing a demographer’s report
calling for one new school on the
city’s north side to accommodate
• Police arrest a 21-year-old
Pleasanton man, Jason Anthony
Landes, just hours after he allegedly fires shots into the ceiling at
Redcoats British Pub & Restaurant on St. Mary Street.
• State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier
(D-Concord), 61, throws his hat
into the ring for the 11th Congressional District seat of longtime U.S. Rep. George Miller (DMartinez), who announced that
he would retire after his current
term, his 20th in Congress.
• Tony Costello, a longtime
Pleasanton resident and Amador
Valley High basketball player and
graduate who died in August of
pancreatic cancer at age 57, is
posthumously inducted into the
Chabot College Athletics Hall of
Fame during halftime of a traditional-rivalry game between
Chabot and Las Positas College,
the two schools where he coached
for more than two decades.
• City Council calls on residents to voluntarily reduce water
usage by 20% in response to Gov.
Jerry Brown’s state of emergency
proclamation regarding California’s drought conditions.
• San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health
acquire a building with more than
92,000 square feet at 5860 Owens
Drive to house their new Pleasanton Outpatient Center, expected
to open in early 2015.
• City Council OKs a plan to
add more sports fields and create
Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 announce
approval of an agreement with BART management.
a wooded area to be called Oak
Woodland in Bernal Community
• Marcy Feit, president and
CEO of ValleyCare Health System
since July 1997, abruptly resigns
• District Attorney Nancy
O’Malley, citing lack of sufficient
evidence, says no charges will
be filed against teens involved in
an altercation that left Pleasanton
resident David Lamont, 51, unconscious.
for grades 1-3 in 2014-15, and
for kindergarten and transitional
kindergarten classes the year after.
• City Council votes 4-1
(Councilwoman Karla Brown dissenting) to continue the planning process for developing the
mostly vacant 1,000-acre tract of
land called East Pleasanton, even
though there is no longer a requirement for additional housing
• Purple pipes are laid in Pleasanton to carry water from Livermore’s recycling water plant for
irrigation, now used at Stoneridge
Creek Community Park and Callippe Preserve Golf Course.
• Pleasanton Police Department
announces that Detective Matthew Lengel has been named Officer of the Year and Community
Service Officer Shannon RevelWhitaker is Professional Staff Employee of the Year.
• Amador Valley High team
wins the California state “We the
People” competition, earning a
place at nationals in Washington,
D.C., in April. Foothill finishes
• Safeway, one of Pleasanton’s
largest employers with approximately 2,600 employees between
its grocery stores and headquarters, announces a proposed merger with Boise-based Albertsons.
• Mystery still surrounds fate
of former Walnut Grove principal
Jon Vranesh as school board votes
3-2 in closed session to strip him
of any administrative duties after
he finishes the school year as an
• City Council approves a developer’s plan to build an apartment complex on West Las Positas Boulevard across from Hart
Middle School with 177 units and
buildings as high as four stories
on the 6-acre site.
• The Pleasanton Weekly and
its partner, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, distribute
$75,000 to 10 Tri-Valley nonprofit
groups, recipients of the Weekly’s
2013 Holiday Fund.
• Pleasanton resident Susan
Xiao-Ping Su is found guilty of
visa fraud, conspiracy, wire fraud,
unauthorized access to a government computer and money
laundering in connection with
Tri-Valley University, a bogus, unaccredited venture she ran.
• Pleasanton resident Kenneth
Kenitzer, 70, is sentenced to six
years in federal prison for his role
in a Ponzi scheme that netted
more than $80 million in a little
over two years.
• Alameda County Fair announces a fireworks show will
follow each of its free nightly
concerts, including the return
of the Fourth of July Fireworks
• Zone 7 Water Agency cuts
flows to Pleasanton arroyos to
save limited supplies of water
for delivery to its customers during the continuing drought emergency.
• PG&E agrees to hold off on
cutting down hundreds of trees
as part of its program to improve
natural gas pipeline safety, after
Pleasanton and other cities question whether it is necessary in all
• Congregation Beth Emek
holds Holocaust Remembrance
Day to mark the 75th anniversary
of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken
Glass), the first organized acts of
violence against Jews perpetrated
by the Nazis across Germany and
• Arnoldo Avalos, the founder
and CEO of the Pleasanton-based
Avalos Foundation, is appointed
to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Gov.
• Pleasanton Planning Commission votes unanimously to approve plans by CarMax Inc., the
country’s largest retailer of used
cars, to build a regional auto superstore on a 20-acre site at I-580
and El Charro Road on Pleasanton’s far northeast side.
• A Pleasanton resident loses
$34,000 in a “grandparent” scam,
in which a caller pretended to be
the victim’s grandson in trouble in
a foreign country.
• ValleyCare Health System announces that the ValleyCare Auxiliary has given 1.6 million hours
of volunteer time and raised more
than $6 million to expand facilities, programs and services since
it started in 1958, even before
Valley Memorial Hospital opened.
• The Foothill Wind Symphony
is accepted to perform at the New
York International Music Festival
at Carnegie Hall in New York in
• The school board unanimously signs off on a plan that would
cut class sizes to 25 students
MIKE SEDLAK/[email protected]
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. announced in March plans to merge with Albertsons.
Former Walnut Grove Elementary
principal Jon Vranesh.
• Cody Hall, the Pleasanton
teen whose high-speed crash on
Foothill Road in June 2013 killed
a Dublin bicyclist, pleads no
contest to felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with the
death of cyclist Diana Hersevoort.
• Valley Humane Society cancels its popular annual spring
Hidden Gardens of the Valley fundraising tour because of drought
conditions. The tour has raised
more than $100,000 since it
began in 2006.
• Workbench TrueValue Hardware opens on Main Street in
the 11,000-square-foot space that
was home to Domus kitchen and
home accessories store for many
• Pleasanton launches Mobile
Citizen, a web-based application
that allows residents to notify city
staff about maintenance issues, including potholes, graffiti, broken
water sprinklers, clogged storm
drains and streetlight outages.
• Police Department begins to
transition to a new era of fuelefficient vehicles with plans to
acquire 12 Ford Interceptor SUVs
to replace V8 gas guzzlers this fiscal year with the remaining fleet
being replaced over the next 12
• By placing wheelchairs on
local campuses, the Wheelchair
Foundation’s From the Heart
schools project aims to raise
awareness about disabilities in
the world, inform local students
about issues faced by people
with disabilities, and raise funds
for people in need of wheelchairs.
• Amador Valley High School’s
“We the People” team places second at the national competition in
Washington, D.C., where it competed against other state winners.
• City Council votes to require
all households and businesses to
reduce their water consumption
by 25% over their 2013 usage or
• This year’s Juanita Haugen
Community of Character awards
go to Brad Hirst, Emily Scholz
and Bob Williams for individuals
and Lynnewood United Methodist
• Students report to school officials that they are being asked
to send pornographic images of
themselves through Instagram.
Police say they find upon investigation that there were two
reported victims at one school in
• Pleasanton Partnerships in
Education (PPIE) Foundation
presents school district with a
check for $551,000, of which
$80,000 came from its Fun Run
for Education in April.
• Dublin police shoot and kill
Foothill High student Oscar Herrera after he allegedly attacks with
a metal baseball bat a police officer who is responding to a domestic disturbance call.
• The school board appoints
Brentwood school administrator
Jan Steed, a Pleasanton resident,
as the new principal of Walnut
Grove Elementary School, the
permanent replacement for Jon
• Lisa Highfill, the school
district’s instructional technology coach, is named the 2014-15
Teacher of the Year.
• Pleasanton resident Laura
Turner DeMott is inducted into
the International Skateboarding
Hall of Fame.
• Dr. Arthur Barnes concludes
his 50th season as music director
of the Livermore-Amador Symphony, which was founded one
year before he joined.
See FAREWELL on Page 16
Pleasanton Weekly • January 2, 2015 • Page 15
• Administrators of the joint
powers authority that provides
liability coverage to Pleasanton
Unified School District reaches
settlements in two claims filed by
district employees alleging sexual
harassment and a hostile work environment at the hands of former
Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh.
Continued from Page 15
• The City Council approves
three major business developments — Workday Inc., CarMax
and the Hendrick Automotive
Group — that will cost millions
of dollars to build, add millions
to the city’s sales and property tax
revenue, and create a thousand or
• Despite temperatures hovering near the 100-degree mark for
several days, attendance at the
Alameda County Fair is up 22%
over last year, with 475,762 visitors during the 17-day run.
• Jon Vranesh, who was placed
on administrative leave Oct. 25,
files a formal claim against the
Pleasanton Unified School District
for “money damages and injunctive and other relief,” saying the
district and employees defamed
• Great Bull Run and Tomato Royale come to the Alameda
County Fairgrounds, an Americana version of the world-renowned Running of the Bulls in
• Foothill and Amador Valley
high schools are among the top
100 best public schools in California, according to a recent U.S.
News & World Report survey
with the magazine ranking Amador at No. 46 and Foothill, 64.
• Goodguys celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the iconic Ford
Mustang at the Summer GetTogether at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds with Mustangs from the
1960s through the current models
• City Council approves $62.8
million plan to tear down both
Kottinger Place and Pleasanton
Gardens and replace them with
new structures that will double
the size of the development, with
185 units for low-income seniors
upgraded to today’s living standards.
• Cody Hall is sentenced to
nine years in state prison for the
crash that killed a Dublin bicyclist
and injured her husband.
• Pleasanton’s Lady Cavaliers
rugby team prevails at the National High School Rugby Championships in Massachusetts after defeating its three opponents with a
combined score of 156-3 en route
to earning the Division 2 title.
The Amador Valley High varsity softball team (27-0) celebrates its sectional title.
• City Council unanimously
approves new Parks and Recreation Master Plan, a 200-pluspage document which concludes
that, in addition to playgrounds
and baseball fields, the parks need
programs and facilities with more
of an adult focus, including dog
parks, walking and hiking trails,
more lighted tennis courts, and
more picnic tables and barbecues.
• Amador Valley High varsity
softball team caps an undefeated
season with its second sectional
crown in four years following a
2-1 victory over Granada High in
the title game at St. Mary’s College.
• The city renames Pleasanton’s
sports park as Ken Mercer Sports
Park to honor the city’s longestserving mayor, who died last January. The park extends northeast
of Hopyard Road.
• Alameda County Fair begins
its 102nd year, to run June 18-
July 6. The theme is “Taste the
Red, White & Blue,” to celebrate
the return of the Fourth of July
• More than 1,200 students
graduate from Pleasanton’s high
• On June 14, the bicentennial
of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott
Key, folks gather at Wayside Park
to sing the National Anthem, led
by members of the Jose Maria
Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
part of a national effort at the
• School board approves the
modified “lite” school calendar
starting in 2015-16, which will
schedule school to begin early
August, end late May, and include
a one-week break in October,
the first semester ending before
winter break and a nine-week
• Some 2,000 runners and their
families turn out for the 21st
annual Father’s Day Spirit Run,
hosted by the Rotary Club of
• City Council agrees to spend
$300,000 to build an off-leash
dog park on a 2-acre site at the
Lagoon Road/Bernal Avenue staging area of the Marilyn Murphy
• Sunol residents and Girl Scouts
Troop 32866 finish building a small
community library on the town’s
Main Street, which is accessible 24
hours a day and stocked with about
250 books ranging from adult to
• Hacienda business park reports strong tenant activity after
the close of the second quarter of
2014, with both new and existing
commitments made from more
than a dozen tenants since April.
• Republican attorney Catharine Baker tops the ballot in
the June 3 primary in the 16th
State Assembly District winning
36.5% of all votes cast. Dublin
Mayor Tim Sbranti finishes second with 29.6%, setting the state
for November’s two-candidate
• A two-alarm fire destroys a
second-floor apartment and damages at least one other on a Friday
night in an eight-unit apartment
complex at 1302 Hopyard Road.
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire
Department believed the fire was
caused by burning grease on a
• City Council agrees to spend
$420,000 to improve the small
park at the north end of Main
Street near the Arroyo del Valle
bridge and to rename it Rotary
Park in honor of Pleasanton’s Rotary clubs, which will celebrate their
50th anniversary in May 2015.
• A citizens’ task force is established to look at ways to spice
up the Alviso Adobe, a historical
landmark that the city of Pleasanton spent $4.5 million to restore
six years ago, which includes a
7-acre park and small parking lot.
• Residents of 300 apartments
in Pleasanton’s Springhouse Apartments go without water for four
consecutive days after the complex’s main high pressure water
pipe breaks and attempts to repair
it result in another pipe section
• The Victorian home on Second Street and Angela becomes
a movie set as crews move in to
film “Gibby,” drawing residents to
enjoy meeting the stars, especially
Crystal, a 20-year-old capuchin
monkey movie star.
• The College Board invalidates
hundreds of Advanced Placement
exam scores at Amador Valley
High School due to reported
“seating irregularities.” At first,
400 students were determined to
have to retake the exams but that
was reduced to 315.
• Planning Commission gives
final approval to a developer’s
plan to tear down the 104-yearold Pastime Pool building at 511
Main St., replacing it with a twostory commercial building that
will have offices, a restaurant and
possibly other retail businesses.
• Homeowners form a group,
Pleasanton Voters for Smart
Growth, to halt construction of
additional high-density housing
in Pleasanton, citing shortfalls in
water, school space and other infrastructure needs.
• Safeway shareholders vote
overwhelmingly to approve the acquisition of the Pleasanton-based
supermarket chain by an affiliate
of Albertsons, another national
supermarket firm, which has its
corporate headquarters in Boise,
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• Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area beaches are closed
involved in the decision-making
• Planning Commission supports a new 7-Eleven convenience store at the Valero service
station at West Las Positas and
Santa Rita Road, along with a
new drive-thru car wash.
DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI
Animal trainer Tom Gunderson relaxes with Crystal, a 20-year-old capuchin
monkey movie star, during a break from filming “Gibby” in Pleasanton.
for nearly a week after bacteria
measurements do not meet state
• Urged on by Mayor Jerry
Thorne, the City Council creates
a process for monitoring state and
regional legislation that is under
consideration, in order to retain
local control on urban issues.
• PPIE Foundation announces
the recipients of its 2014 Innovative Education Grant Program
— 20 educators and counselors
who were awarded $41,000 in
education grants to fund projects
that are student-focused, promote creativity and innovative
thinking, and offer expanded
• The Pleasanton Meadows
Sharks claim their second straight
title in the season-ending championship meet for the Tri-Valley
Swim League, comprised of teams
from Pleasanton and Dublin.
• Civic Center Station office
building owner Vera Revelli holds
an art contest for children to
spread the message that we must
conserve water, then hangs the
entries in some of its 25 offices.
• An Alameda County bankruptcy court trustee seeks a jury
trial for the leaders of the now
defunct Tri-Valley Community
Foundation in an effort to collect $928,000 in appropriated
funds that the foundation didn’t
have, contending that longtime
TVCF president David Rice and
the board members failed in their
management and administration
of the affairs of TVCF and should
stand before a jury on the charges.
• East Bay Regional Park District holds a dedication ceremony
at Creekside Park for the completion of the Iron Horse Regional
Trail extension from the Dublin/
Pleasanton BART station to Santa
Rita Road in Pleasanton. This 1.6mile project was the last gap in
the trail between Pleasanton and
• PPIE Foundation raises
a record $330,000 during the
launch of the annual Giving Fund
Campaign during the first day
of school registration. Last year,
$275,000 was raised; in 2012, it
• Operations Services Director Daniel Smith, also known as
Pleasanton’s water czar, reports to
the City Council that Pleasanton
has achieved its goal of reducing water consumption by 25%.
City meters that monitor watering
parks and street medians show a
56% reduction, and of the 14,405
residential and business water
bills sent out over the last month,
13,321 had achieved the required
25% reductions or better for a
compliance rate of 92.7%.
• Pleasanton school board votes
3-2 against the motion to rescind
June’s approval of the “modified
lite” calendar for the 2015-16
school year. Trustees Valerie Arkin
and Jamie Hintzke vote in favor of
the rescission, stating they would
like to see the community more
• Planning Commission, with
the support of the Pleasanton
Downtown Association, approves a beer and wine garden
with food service in the 1938
home on lower Main Street that
most recently housed Serenity Stoneworks, with dozens of
fountains spread throughout the
rear garden, Bracelet Bar and a
guitar lesson studio.
• City Council approves the
city’s Housing Element, 4-1,
after a three-hour debate as
speakers say Pleasanton doesn’t
need any more apartments. The
Housing Element needed to be
submitted to state housing authorities to show Pleasanton is
meeting the goal of “attaining
decent housing and a suitable
living environment for every
• A new kosher 2012 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
named “Alef” is released in time
for the Jewish New Year, which
begins at sundown Sept. 24. The
new wine is introduced at an
event to celebrate the 10th year
of the Chabad of the Tri-Valley’s
Jewish Community Center.
• City Council approves plans
by Dublin’s Stoneridge Chrysler-Jeep dealership to build a
and service building on Staples
Ranch, at the southwest corner
of I-580 and El Charro Road.
• City Council agrees to temporarily ease up on the onerous penalties imposed this summer on residents who exceeded
a mandatory 25% cutback in
water use. Council also OKs
an environmental review report,
clearing the way to start building a multimillion-dollar recycled water system to replace or
augment existing systems that
irrigate public parks and landscaped street medians.
• Ken Mano — a trailblazer
with Special Olympics, the Boy
Scouts and a host of Tri-Valley
activities ranging from blood
drives to the American Cancer
Society’s Relay for Life — is presented with the Mayor’s Award
by Mayor Jerry Thorne.
Shadow Cliffs beaches closed for nearly a week this summer after a high E.
coli bacteria measurement.
$4.5 million instead, to be used
for a variety of uses, not necessarily for low-income housing.
• Stanford Health Care and
ValleyCare Health System sign an
affiliation agreement that calls for
the Pleasanton-based medical facility to become a subsidiary of
Stanford Health Care.
• Housing, growth, taxes and
water dominate mayoral and City
Council candidates’ concerns as
they share their views at forums
hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly
and TV30 in the City Council
chamber and taped by Tri-Valley
Community Television for broadcast leading up to the Nov. 4
• City Council approves proposed master plan that will enhance the amenities and appearance of Pleasanton’s downtown
Lions Wayside and Delucchi
parks, best known as the sites of
the weekly farmers market and
free Friday night summer concert
• Pleasanton Unified School
District is one of 71 districts in
the nation whose School Climate
Transformation Grant is selected
for funding; the 100% federally
funded grant award is $2,342,985
over a five-year grant cycle to
allow the district to develop a
Positive Behavior Interventions
and Support (PBIS) Project.
• Police Department introduces
“Nextdoor,” a private social network accessible only to residents
in each neighborhood that enables them to communicate online, in a private secure website.
• Foothill High School senior
Isaiah Langley, a Falcons cornerback, is selected to join the 2015
U.S. Army All-American Bowl
team to represent the West. The
Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football event for
15 years, featuring the nation’s top
90 high school football players.
• Steven Carlson is convicted of
first-degree murder for the brutal
1984 stabbing death of 14-yearSee FAREWELL on Page 18
• Pleasanton is ranked No. 4
in a survey of America’s 50 Best
Cities to Live; Money Magazine
places Pleasanton at No. 31 in
its list of Best Places to Live, and
the publication also recognizes
Pleasanton as No. 9 in the country for its economic vitality.
Elected officials gather in August to celebrate the completion of the Iron
Horse Regional Trail extension.
• City Council votes to waive
an affordable housing requirement for an already-approved
345-unit apartment complex
and take the developer’s offer of
Ken Mano accepts the Mayor’s Award in September.
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The Pleasanton school board with newly-elected and re-elected members
(Left to right) Chris Grant, Valerie Arkin, Mark Miller, Jamie Hintzke and
damages against the individual
• Officials mark the completion of the first phase of widening Highway 84 between the
I-580 and I-680 freeways, making the Isabel Avenue segment of
Highway 84 a four- and six-lane
throughway from I-580 to Stanley
Voters elected Republican
Catharine Baker as 16th District
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old Tina Faelz, a Foothill High
School classmate. Carlson was 16
years old at the time of the crime.
• Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission approves a
long-range master plan that calls
for expanding Pleasanton’s Pioneer Cemetery to make it a better
place to be buried and a more
attractive place to visit. The city
purchased the 120-year-old cemetery in 2007 from the International Order of Odd Fellows.
• The Zone 7 Water Agency
Board of Directors approves a
rate increase for wholesale treated
water, with a 3% increase for
2015 and again in 2016 to keep
pace with inflation.
• Police and city of Pleasanton, along with the Dublin San
Ramon Services District (DSRSD),
announce the opening of a new
pharmaceutical disposal site in
the lobby of the Pleasanton Police
Department, 4833 Bernal Ave., to
be open 24-7 for disposal of controlled and non-controlled prescription medications and overthe-counter medications.
• Incoming Amador Valley
High School junior Jacob Baer’s
documentary is screened at the
2014 Varsity Brands All-American
High School Film Festival at the
AMC Empire Theaters at New
York City’s Times Square. The
video, called “CODA Pride,” is
a documentary highlighting children of deaf adults.
• Pleasanton Partnerships in
Education (PPIE) Foundation
raises $64,000 at its “Toasts and
Tastes of Fall,” which will be used
to benefit its programs such as the
Innovative Grant Programs and
the 2015-16 Giving Fund.
• Republican Catharine Baker
wins the election to represent the
16th State Assembly District over
Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, 51.6%
• Measure BB, the Alameda
County transportation tax package, is approved by nearly 70%
of voters, ending several years of
controversy over the length of the
tax and its need.
• A raging fire around 2 a.m. destroys two houses under construction in a new development just
south of the Safeway Lifestyle supermarket and the Gateway Center
on Valley Avenue near Bernal. The
fire, visible from I-680, was in a
fenced-off construction site adjacent to the shopping center and
close to the new CVS Pharmacy.
• ValleyCare Health System’s
corporate membership overwhelmingly approves proposed
bylaws and articles of incorporation changes enabling the affiliation process with Stanford Health
Care to move forward. At the close
of balloting, 566 corporate member votes were for approval, or
97% of the 583 total votes cast.
• The California Department
of Water Resources announces
that Zone 7 Water Agency will be
awarded $3 million in grants for
drought-relief projects and another
$282,000 to increase its water conservation programs.
• The city of Pleasanton launches a newly designed website at
cityofpleasantonca.gov to meet
the needs of residents, businesses
and visitors accessing information
about the city.
• City Council approves the
$16.5 million second phase of the
Bernal Community Park, a 318acre tract of city-owned land that
was given to the city of Pleasanton
in 2000 by Greenbriar Homes.
Major youth sports teams sign on
to what could be a $2 million
commitment to help pay for new
lighted sports fields at the park,
with all-year synthetic turf.
• Police Department launches
a new crime prevention campaign
aimed at reducing the number
of preventable property crimes in
the city, including thefts from un-
locked vehicles and burglaries in
which items were left in plain view.
• Following through on their
campaign pledges, newly elected
and re-elected members of the
Pleasanton City Council vote to
approve a preliminary plan for
development of roughly 400 acres
of largely vacant land on the city’s
• CourseCo, the San Francisco
Bay Area-based golf management
and development company that
oversees Callippe Preserve Golf
Course in Pleasanton, is awarded
an Environmental Leader in Golf
Award (ELGA) for superior environmental stewardship at two
Bay Area golf courses, including
• Ken Mano is named the Pleasanton Weekly’s 2014 Man of the
• City Council continues Stage
3 water shortage declaration, including 25% mandatory wateruse cutback city-wide, through
the winter months and into
• Construction begins on a
new center for Axis Community
Health that will double capacity
for primary and mental health
care in the Tri-Valley, at 5925 W.
Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton.
• Fire Chief Jim Miguel retires
as the head of the LivermorePleasanton Fire Department, capping a 31-year career in fire services, including the last four in
the top position here.
• Pleasanton resident Jason
Anthony Landes, 21, pleads no
contest to charges of assault with
a firearm and use of a firearm in
the commission of a felony and
is sentenced to five years in state
prison for his involvement in a
shooting at Redcoats British Pub
& Restaurant on St. Mary Street
• Incumbent Joan Laursen and
challenger Mark Miller are elected
to the Pleasanton school board,
with Laursen leading the race
with 6,612 votes or 28.86% of
the votes cast.
• Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon
Vranesh files a lawsuit against the
School District asking for “economic and non-economic damages ... reinstatement to his position with back pay, and punitive
Deputy fire chiefs Jeff Peters (left) and Joe Rodondi flank Chief Jim Miguel at his retirement ceremony in front of the
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Pleasanton.
• Mayor Jerry Thorne is reelected to another two-year term,
defeating his challenger Matt Morrison by a whopping 67% of the
votes cast. In the council race,
Kathy Narum leads with 7,657
votes, or 34% of the votes cast.
Former Planning Commissioner
Arne Olson also wins a council
seat, finishing second with 5,735
votes, or 25%.
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Superior Court Judge Steve Pulido administers the oath of office to Mayor Jerry Thorne, who was re-elected to a
second two-year term on Nov. 4.
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TOWNE CENTER BOOK CLUB The
club meets at 7 p.m. on the second
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Wednesday of the month at Towne
Center Books, 555 Main St. Call
for the current selection.
CITY COUNCIL The Pleasanton City
Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesdays of the month
at City Council Chamber, 200 Old
HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION The
Human Services Commission meets
at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday
of the month at City Council
Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
The Pleasanton Parks & Recreation
Commission meets at 7 p.m. on
the second Thursday of the month
at City Council Chamber, 200 Old
SCHOOL BOARD The Pleasanton
Unified School District Board
meets at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Tuesday monthly during the
school year in the district office
board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.
YOUTH COMMISSION The Pleasanton
Youth Commission meets at 7 p.m.
on the second Wednesday of the
month at Pleasanton Senior Center,
5353 Sunol Blvd.
COMPUTER TUTORING Need help
with downloading E-books from
the library to your E-Reader, sending e-mail attachments, social
networking, blogging, general
Internet questions? Drop-in classes
are from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at
the Pleasanton Public Library, 400
Old Bernal Ave. Call Mary Luskin
at 931-3400, ext. 7. Free and open
FREE COUNSELING JOB SEARCH
SKILLS AND RESUME WRITING Get
a free consultation with an experienced Employment Recruiter
on select Wednesday evenings,
Thursday afternoons and Saturday
afternoons for a half or full hour
at the Pleasanton Library. Receive
help with resume writing, employment web sites, search for a job on
the web, and get help with online
applications. Make a 20-minute
appointment at the Reference Desk
by calling 931-3400, ext. 4.
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION The Jose Maria Amador
Chapter, Daughters of the American
Revolution, NSDAR, meets at 10
a.m. on the second Saturday of
the month Sept.-May. It is a social
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gathering and time to explore the
history of our American roots.
For more information contact the
chapter’s regent Diane Groome at
DBE (DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH
EMPIRE) Welcome to ladies of
British or British Commonwealth
Heritage. DBE holds meetings at
11 a.m. on the third Thursday of
the month at Castlewood Country
Club. Members focus on philanthropy, enjoy social interaction and
form long-lasting friendships while
contributing to local charities and
supporting retirement homes in the
USA. Call Edith at 998-3500.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING The
Livermore Amador Valley
Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m.
on Thursday, Jan. 8 at Alisal
School’s multipurpose room.
Representatives from Swallowtail
Garden Seeds, Santa Rosa, will
speak on production and propagation. Visitors are welcome. Call
485-7812 or go to www.lavgc.org.
LIONESS CLUB The Livermore
Lioness Club welcomes new members at its regular monthly meeting
on the first Tuesday of each month,
at 6:30 p.m. A $2 to $5 donation
is requested. Participating in the
many activities of the group is a
great way to meet local people.
Lioness is a service club which helps
many worthy causes in our community. Call 443-4543.
PLEASANTON LIONS CLUB The
Pleasanton Lions Club meets for
dinner at 6:30 p.m. the second and
fourth Tuesday of the month at The
Regalia House, 4133 Regalia Court.
The dinner fee is $10. For more
information please visit http//
PLEASANTON MOTHERS CLUB The
mission of the Pleasanton Mothers
Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for
moms and their families in the local
community. They offer a variety of
activities, children’s playgroups,
special interest groups, and more.
For information visit pleasantonmothersclub.org. Contact [email protected]
PLEASANTON NEWCOMERS CLUB
This club is a great way for new
and established residents to make
new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of
every month and for lunch on
the second Wednesday of every
month. The group has activities
like hiking, walking, Bunco and
more. Visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com. Contact [email protected]
PleasantonNewcomers.com or 2158405.
ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON The
Rotary Club of Pleasanton since
1965 has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton
a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30
p.m. every Thursday, at Hap’s
Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St. Cost
for lunch is $17. For information,
ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON
NORTH Pleasanton North Rotary
invites anyone interested in making a difference. The membership
includes 65 professionals, business
owners, executives, managers and
community leaders. The club meets
from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Fridays at
Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St.
Call 556-2333 or visit www.pnrrotary.org.
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in a Barbie world.
Like all girls, this
domestic mediumhair cross just
wants to have fun.
Meet Barbie (ID:
32024) at the East
Bay SPCA Dublin
4651 Gleason Dr.
Visit www.eastbayspca.org or call
479-9670 for more
TRI-VALLEY EVENING ROTARY TriValley Evening Rotary has been supporting the community veterans,
children and seniors for the past
12 years. We are the only Rotary
club in the valley that meets in the
evening. If you want to give back
with a fun loving group please
visit one of our meetings, from 6-8
p.m. every Thursday at Castlewood
Country Club. Cost is $5 plus dinner. Go to trivalleyrotary.org.
TRI-VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN
AND MEN PRESENT ‘LAST OUNCE
OF COURAGE’ Tri-Valley Republican
women and men invite you to dinner and movie night, with “Last
Ounce of Courage,” an intergenerational story about family, free
expression, and taking a stand for
beliefs and rights guaranteed to all
Americans, at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
Jan. 8 at Cattlemens Restaurant in
Livermore. For reservations, contact
Linda Krikorian at 426-1474 or
krikorianpubli[email protected] by
Monday, Jan. 5.
VIRTUALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTERS
Virtually Speaking Toastmasters
club meets from noon-1 p.m. every
Thursday at Electrical Reliability
Services, 6900 Koll Center Parkway,
Suite 415. Everyone is welcome to
come see what a positive change
Toastmasters can make in their
confidence. Call 580-8660.
LARRY CORYELL: GUITAR’S
‘GODFATHER OF FUSION’ Larry
Coryell, master performer of jazz,
classical and rock, recording artist,
composer, innovator, and mentor,
will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
Jan. 10 at Firehouse Arts Center. If
you love guitar, you can’t miss the
master in live performance. Tickets
are $28-$38. Call 931-4848 or go
EXCHANGE STUDENT CANDIDATES
FOR PTSCA 2015 DELEGATION The
Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City
Association youth cultural exchange
summer program is beginning the
candidate process. Students need
to be entering sophomore-senior
year in high school in the fall and
have completed a second year of
Spanish by the end of this school
year. Students can attend any
meeting regardless of their school
of attendance to learn about the
application and selection process.
Meetings are: at lunch time on
Wednesday, Jan. 7 in room B27
at Foothill HS; at lunch time on
Thursday, Jan. 8 in room Q201 at
Amador HS; 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
Jan. 14 in room C-6 at Foothill
HS; 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15
in room Q201 at Amador HS; 7
EAST BAY SPCA
p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at
Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Chamber of
Commerce. For more information
contact 209-5825 or [email protected]
sbcglobal.net, or go to ptsca.org.
FARMERS MARKET Visit the
Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East
Angela Street between Main and
First streets. The Farmers Market is
open every Saturday, year-round,
rain or shine, to provide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables,
sold by the very farmers that
planted, nurtured and harvested
GIRLS NIGHT OUT NETWORKING
GNON is a great opportunity to
not only meet new friends, but
network in a fun and informal environment. Join from 5-7 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 15 at Coco Cabana
Restaurant in Dublin. Cost is $10$15. Call 487-4748 or go to http://
PLEASANTON LIONS CRAB FEED
FUNDRAISER Come to the Annual
award-winning Crab Feed
Fundraiser for an evening of all
you can eat crab, pasta, salad and
rolls, from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday,
Jan. 24 at the Alameda County
Fairgrounds. Dancing, fun in the
casino, playing the dessert roulette
wheel or silent auction items and
sports memorabilia. Cost is $55.
Call 484-3524 or go to www.pleasantonlionsclub.org.
RAGIN’ CAJUN GOES TO RIO Ragin’
Cajun is Bay Area’s Mardi Gras
event of the year! This year there’s
a twist as the celebration theme
moves from New Orleans to Rio for
a taste of Carnival! Enjoy music,
dancing, dinner and auctions, from
6-11 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015,
at Casa Real, 410 Vineyard Ave. This
is the annual fundraiser event for the
Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies
Foundation. Tickets are $105 before
Dec. 24, 2014, $125 after. Call
(866) 862-7270 or go to www.heal-
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE
BLIND Tri-Valley Chapter of the
National Federation of the Blind
will be meeting from 1-3 p.m.,
second Saturday of each month at
Valley Memorial Hospital, 1111 E.
Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Any visually impaired or blind person is urged
to attend. Call Carl at 449-9362.
Kids & Teens
PLEASANTON FIFE & DRUM LESSONS GIVEN Pleasanton’s 1776-era
Colonial Fife & Drum Band is now
accepting new members for a limited time. Learn to play drum or fife
(flute) for only $10 per 1.5 hour
small group lesson, ages 8-17, from
6:30-8:15 p.m. Fridays. Experience
helpful but not required. Learn
music, history and leadership. Go to
GRIEF WORKSHOP The death of a
loved one is unlike any other loss.
The reality of death leaves most of
us in a state of shock, confusion
and sadness. Join bi-monthly for
your healing journey at 7:30 p.m. on
the second and fourth Thursday evenings, Dec. 11-Mar. 26 (no session
on Christmas) at St. Elizabeth Seton
Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Call
Mary Hagerty at 846-5377.
‘LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY’ Members
of the Alameda County Bar
Association visit the Pleasanton
Public Library on the third
Tuesday of each month to give
free 15 to 20 minute consultations. Appointments are by lottery.
Register from 5:30-5:45 p.m.;
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names will be selected at 5:50 p.m.
and people must be present when
names are drawn. Appointments
begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
Call 931-3400, ext. 7.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE
BOOK SALE Did you know you
could buy books from the Friends
of the Library at Amazon.com?
The Friends have a year round
magazine and paperback book
sale in the library and have two
major book sales a year. To buy
books, visit www.amazon.com/
shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy
Bering at 462-4368.
VETERANS FOR PEACE Veterans
for Peace, Chapter 162 East Bay,
meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at
Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St.,
Berkeley. All veterans are welcome.
To learn more about the monthly
meetings call Fred at 462-7495.
VFW-AL COFFEE AND DONUTS
Every Saturday morning from 7:309 a.m., the VFW and American
Legion host coffee and donuts
for all veterans at the Veterans
Memorial Building, 301 Main St.
All veterans are welcome. Visit
‘LES MISERABLES’ See “Les
Miserables” at 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, from
Jan. 17-31 at the Bankhead Theater
in Livermore. An additional matinee will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
Jan. 31. Tickets are $20-$39. Call
373-6800 or go to http://tickets.
BRAIN MATTERS Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to
keep your brain active and your
memory sharp. The class is held
from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and
third Fridays of every month at the
Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353
Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles,
challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you
age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75
for resident and $2.25 for non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.
COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIORS
Pleasanton Public Library hosts
Computer Classes for Seniors
including Beginning Internet on
the first Wednesday and Thursday
of every month; Beginning E-mail
on the second Wednesday and
Thursday of every month; Open
Practice on the third Wednesday
and Thursday of every month;
Advanced E-mail on the fourth
Wednesday and Thursday of every
month, at the Adult Computer
Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal
Ave. Computer classes are designed
for mature adults. Registration is
required; call 931-3400.
DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER
FOUNDATION MEETING The Dublin
Senior Center Foundation meets at
WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
• Public Hearing: P14-0440 and 114-1309 - Consider a General
Plan amendment to adopt the Housing Element with associated
environmental documentation; and a zone change for 5758 and 5794
West Las Positas Blvd. (CM Capital 2 site) to change the density from
a minimum of 30 residential units per acre to a maximum of 12.5 units
Civic Arts Commission
Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
• Review of the Commission meeting schedule for 2015
• Review of FY 2014/15 Community Grant Midterm Reports
Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
• Library Conference Room, 400 Old Bernal Avenue
• Welcome New Commissioners
• Review and Discuss Library Tours
• Civic Center Master Plan Council Committee
• Commission Retreat/Orientation Planning
“The Pleasanton City Council will consider the 2015-2023 Housing
Element Update (P14-0440/P14-1309) at its January 6, 2015
meeting. The public hearing will consist of (1) an Addendum to the
Housing Element and Climate Action Plan Supplemental EIR; (2) a General
Plan Amended to adopt the Housing Element; and (3) a zone change for
5758 and 5794 West Las Positas Blvd. (CM Capital 2 site) to maintain a
PUD-MU (Planned Unit Development–Mixed Use) zoning designation while
changing the density from a minimum of 30 residential units per acre to a
maximum of 12.5 units per acre.”
The above represents a sampling of upcoming meeting items.
For complete information, please visit
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9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of
every month, at the Dublin Senior
Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd.
DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER MINILIBRARY The Dublin Senior Center
Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Monday-Friday at the senior center,
7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin.
The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles,
magazines within three months
of distribution, and videotapes.
Unused books are donated to
Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring
donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511.
DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER OFFERS
MUSIC CLASSES Dublin Senior
Center offers two music classes
including Sing-a-longs with Judy
Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 10:30
a.m. on Thursdays; and Ukulele
Beginning Instruction with Judy
Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 1 p.m.
on Tuesdays, both at the Senior
Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd.,
Dublin. Cost is $1.25 for each
class. Call 556-4511.
DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER PROGRAMS
Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including “ESL” which helps seniors practice their English conversational
skills, a Reading Group that meets
monthly to discuss new books and
a Needle Arts Group that enjoys
quilting, sewing and knitting. Fees
vary for each activity. For a complete list of activities, contact 5564511 or [email protected]
FREE MEMORY SCREENING FOR
SENIORS Caring Solutions is sponsoring free memory assessment on
the fourth Thursday of the month
at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600
Amador Valley Blvd. Call 5564511 for a 30-minute appointment. Preregister by the Monday
prior to reserve an appointment.
Informational materials are available at the Senior Center.
MEET THE ARTIST: GARY WINTER
Gary Winter is a master artisan
and fourth generation resident
with over 40 years of creating and
designing experience. Gary has
created work not only for the City
of Pleasanton but for Presidents,
actors and museums. See this
special presentation and learn
more about Gary at 10:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Pleasanton
Senior Center. Call 931-5365 or go
MILLS LINE DANCE SOCIAL DJ Millie
Dusha will play tunes from the classic oldies at the Mills Line Dance
Social from 2-4 p.m. on the first
Thursday of every month at the
Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador
Valley Blvd. All levels of dancers are
welcome. Cost is $3. Call 556-4511.
PEDDLER SHOPPE AT THE SENIOR
CENTER The Peddler Shoppe in the
lobby of the Pleasanton Senior
Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the
handmade wares of talented local
senior artisans. It’s a great place to
buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by
volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Go to www.pleasantonpeddlershoppe.com.
TRANSCRIBING FOR YOU
Transcribing for You has volun-
teers that will transcribe and print
your letters to be sent. The service
is located at the Dublin Senior
Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd,
Dublin, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost
is $1.50. Call 556-4511 for an
appointment or email [email protected]
WINE AND APPETIZER TASTING
Enjoy entertainment by Mike
Osborn, with wine and delicious
appetizers, including five spice
duck, lamb meatball, stuffed
mushroom, deviled egg, fruit,
and cheese. The event will be
from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Dublin
Senior Center. Cost is $15 for
senior Dublin residents, $16 for
non-residents/under 50. Adults
21 and over welcome. Register by
Monday, Jan. 5 in person, by mail,
or at www.dublinrecguide.com.
CRYSTAL SINGING BOWLS Sound
healing can be a powerful experience of moving energy in your body
through the vibration of the singing bowls. Reverend Lennis Baugh
facilitates an evening of healing the
body and soul as he plays these
beautiful instruments, from 6:308:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of
the month at Unity of Tri-Valley’s
Gathering Place, 7567 Amador
Valley Blvd. #120, Dublin. Call
829-2733 or go to www.unityoftrivalley.org.
DIFFERENT RELIGIONS COME
TOGETHER TO SHARE PRAYERS
Join this group as people come
together to share prayers, regardless of religion, at 10 a.m. on the
first Sunday of each month at
6721 Corte Del Vista. Their motto
is “The fundamentals of the Holy
Books are one and the same. Unity
is the essential truth of religion.”
No contributions elicited. Call 4261847.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT UNITY OF
TRI-VALLEY Join the Sunday service
with Reverend Karen Epps at 10
a.m. every week at Unity of TriValley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd.,
Suite 108, Dublin. Children’s program available. All are welcome.
Ongoing classes, groups, and
activities. Call 829-2733 or go to
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BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
The American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer Support group
meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the
second and fourth Tuesday of
every month at LifeStyleRx, 1111 E.
Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 833-
2784 or visit www.valleycare.com.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caring
for a loved one is challenging
physically and emotionally. Join
this support group to explore
resources and generate problem
solving ideas from 1-3 p.m., on the
second Monday of every month at
5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support
you deserve at the Senior Support
Program of the Tri-Valley. Call
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP
This is a safe place to speak openly
about your experience of pain and
to learn ways of coping with it.
Meetings are 12:30-1:30 p.m. the
first and third Mondays monthly
at Asbury Methodist Church, 4743
East Ave., Livermore. Call 4471950.
CLUTTERLESS SELF HELP GROUP
Overwhelmed? Clutter stressing
you out? ClutterLess is a nonprofit, peer-based, self-help group for
people with difficulty discarding
unwanted possessions. Meetings
are 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday
at St. Mary and St. John Coptic
Orthodox Church, Room 7, 4300
Mirador Drive. Call 922-1467 or
525-3992. Go to www.ClutterLess.
EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR
SUPPORT GROUP If you have
recently been diagnosed with ET
or would like to learn more about
this common movement disorder
in a safe and supportive environment, please join us from 10
a.m.-noon on the third Saturday
of each month, in the Blackhawk
A and B conference rooms at San
Ramon Regional Medical Center,
6001 Norris Canyon Road, San
Ramon. For more information,
view their blog at www.eastbayet.
com or call 487-5706 or email
MOTHERS WITH A PURPOSE
Mothers With a Purpose meets
at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Thursday of the month at
the Foothill High School Library.
Mothers with a Purpose was
formed by local moms to offer
support to families affected by
addiction. Visit www.motherswithapurpose.org.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL
ILLNESS (NAMI) TRI-VALLEY NAMI
Tri-Valley Parent Resource and
Support Group meets for parents
with children to age 17 diagnosed
or suspected of having bipolar or
other mood disorders. It meets
from 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday
of each month at Pathways To
Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Drive,
Suite 114. The group is drop-in,
no registration required and is
free. For more information contact
Marsha McInnis at 980-5331 or
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Bartholomew Episcopal Church,
678 Enos Way, Livermore; and at
7:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Middle
School Room at The Unitarian
Universalist Church, 1893 North
Vasco Road, Livermore. Free with
donations accepted toward room
rent. No weigh-ins. Call Nora at
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PATTI’S QUINTESSENTIAL QUILTING;
PATTI Q QUILTING
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
File No.: 498824-25
The following person(s) doing business
as: PATTI’S QUINTESSENTIAL QUILTING;
PATTI Q QUILTING, 1054 HARVEST
CIRCLE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is
hereby registered by the following
owner(s): Patricia A. Joki, 1054 Harvest
Circle, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual.
Registrant began transacting business
under the fictitious business name(s)
listed herein 12/03/2014. Signature of
Registrant: Patricia A. Joki. This statement was filed with the County Clerk
of Alameda on 12/03/2014. (Pleasanton
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME
File No.: 499082
The following person(s) doing business
as: KH LINE, 4257 PASSEGGI COURT,
PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby
registered by the following owner(s):
Kyungmee Choi, 4257 Passeggi Court,
Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is
conducted by an Individual. Registrant
has not yet begun to transact business
under the fictitious business name(s)
listed herein. Signature of Registrant:
Kyungmee Choi. This statement was
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Dec. 19, 26; 2014, Jan. 2, 9; 2015)
P & K’S
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This week’s data represents homes sold during
Nov. 17-Dec. 11
3539 Bernal Avenue W. Sullivan to Blarney Trust
1016 Bradford Court Ponderosa Homes to
Brown Trust for $1,073,000
6860 Calle Altamira Smith Trust to V. & A.
Kagalkar for $955,000
5427 Cameo Court R. Marquetti to D. & J. Choi
3215 Clifford Circle A. Pereira to V. Loquat for
2576 Gillian Court M. & E. Santiago to J. Sabal
6216 Guyson Court C. Sumerlin to G. & S.
Pentony for $720,000
7835 Kentwood Way Vlamis Trust to S.
Gopalswamy for $1,075,000
4043 Peregrine Way Henderson Trust to Y. Pang
2449 Raven Road R. & E. Murphy to E. & M.
Swensen for $940,000
1032 Sycamore Creek Way R. & D. Klotz to
Pinsonneault Trust for $2,015,000
3063 Tonopah Circle J. & J. Rosell to E. Huang
7052 Via Quito J. Craig to J. & Y. Boulatov for
4173 Amberwood Circle Suchon Trust to L.
Wood for $540,000
1778 Beachwood Way Tow Trust to M.
McManus for $857,000
1017 Bradford Court Ponderosa Homes to
Vlamis Trust for $1,111,000
1022 Bradford Court Ponderosa Homes to Chan
Trust for $1,038,000
7756 Country Lane Polites Trust to S. Fenley for
8131 Moller Ranch Drive M. & W. Schackwitz to
K. Hwang for $900,000
1082 Nolan Court B. & S. Bowers to D. Chetan
6443 Paseo Santa Maria P. & S. Zaveri to J. & S.
Vukelich for $1,065,000
1976 Via Di Salerno Ambrose Trust to Smith
Trust for $1,815,000
1125 Autumn Court Montler Trust to A. Hsu for
1796 Beachwood Way Bell Trust to E. & L. Olson
2051 Cotterell Court B. & K. Bromley to R. Xian
2839 El Capitan Drive J. & Y. Hamaguchi to E. &
C. Roces for $640,000
3211 Gulfstream Street R. & D. Gallup to T.
Alagusandaram for $805,000
1525 Maple Leaf Drive Gardiner Trust to I. & K.
Barberi for $1,216,000
5306 Ridgevale Road D. Nguyen to J. Taylor for
1441 Calvary Lane H. Hanneken to Olds Trust
467 Encino Drive Carmignani Trust to Newman
Trust for $628,500
2173 Hall Circle S. & A. Moen to K. & P.
Wigboldy for $977,500
968 Logan Street Deutsche Bank to N. Zeeshan
1452 Onyx Road E. Morse to P. & H. Wasson for
1629 Placer Circle D. Andrade to T. Bawari for
812 Via Granada D. Pease to K. Vonbeckmann
468 Virginia Drive T. & J. Peterson to I. & S.
Maderych for $700,000
598 Windermere Circle Bate Trust to M. & J.
Decker for $725,000
4727 Apple Tree Common S. Vahidi to W.
Mathews for $450,000
1810 Birchwood Common Asuncion Trust to G.
Acton for $587,500
4791 Charlotte Way Manfredi Trust to M.
Salloum for $425,000
3177 Chateau Way #207 M. Martinez to P. Ram
2165 Crossroads Place Budne-Elwell Trust to L.
& J. McIrvin for $1,379,000
1391 Flanders Way M. & B. Weiss to K. Larosa
274 Garden Common Gustavson Trust to J.
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Liang for $413,000
3622 Germaine Way Goad Trust to S. Wright for
71 Heligan Lane #7 Shea Homes to R.
Kawashima for $553,000
5296 Lenore Avenue R. Young to L. Volz for
5264 Lilac Avenue J. Davis to C. & A. Trujillo for
1552 Marigold Road Starr Trust to J. Lauro for
856 Mayview Way Rosa Trust to D. Kreiss for
6142 Mines Road C. & A. Cunningham to R.
Paxton for $950,000
1001 Murrieta Boulevard #34 J. & A. Hinz to G.
Sandhu for $240,000
3122 Patricia Lane O. & R. Stevenson to Seoane
Trust for $490,000
626 Selby Lane T. & L. Stuart to M. Basile for
4039 Stanford Way E. & R. Foust to M.
Carmignani for $475,000
2323 Walnut Street S. Giddings to J. & E.
Bautista for $470,000
733 Yolo Way M. Phelps to T. & A. Smith for
57 Agate Court S. Boles to T. & C. Evans for
1264 Anza Way E. & Y. Breen to P. & C.
Carscadden for $625,000
4659 Apple Tree Common V. Verceles to S.
Burman for $471,000
1106 Baltusrol Court K. Zotti to R. McCarty for
3939 California Way Hill Trust to N. Raguskus
3146 Chateau Way J. & N. Meek to M. & K.
Thomas for $624,000
2776 Decker Lane J. Reitzell to P. & K. Foster for
5813 Flora Common P. Standard to Erickson
Trust for $767,000
4168 Florida Court M. Lopes to H. & L. Olson
304 Garden Common J. Chacon to Engler Trust
633 Geraldine Street R. & H. Ventura to A. & K.
Collins for $610,000
5960 Greenwood Common L. Taboada to A. &
S. Hazlett for $580,000
25 Heligan Lane #6 Shea Homes to A. Paulsen
5422 Lawson Court Higginbottom Trust to T.
Vanalstine for $1,040,000
5219 Lenore Avenue R. & C. Allen to J. & K.
Lenhardt for $560,000
436 Leona Drive Sharp Trust to G. & L. Seymour
4763 Nicol Common #106 S. Fleck to C.
Yttermalm for $318,000
3895 Princeton Way J. Benapfl to D. Ward for
2806 Salvia Common S. Shaffer to K. Park for
1461 Saybrook Road Miller Trust to C. & N.
Deininger for $610,000
961 South G Street P. Siglin to D. & K. Das for
5396 Starflower Way K. Victor to W. & T. Grace
9005 Alcosta Boulevard #191 Mishra &
Tripathy Trust to C. Garay for $370,000
1317 Amaryllis Circle T. & K. Zupetz to S.
Swaminathan for $655,000
1243 Andreas Way R. & J. Valci to A. Ganesh for
104 Black Calla Court J. Kim to J. Peng for
2864 Bollinger Canyon Road K. Jarm to E. Yap
7103 Briza Loop Bantz Trust to J. Lovett for
2020 Canyon Woods Drive #F P. Rogers to D. &
A. Ozment for $500,000
2609 Casella Way A. & A. Morcos to K. & L.
Veerapaneni for $1,240,000
154 Eastridge Drive #178 J. Bankson to A. Singh
44 Fircrest Court S. Kizanis to M. & W. Janus for
576 Karina Court Chinn Trust to R.
Suryanarayan for $1,049,000
4 La Count Court Edgren Trust to Shreekumar
Trust for $809,000
OPEN HOME GUIDE AND REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
Housing starts fall 1.6%
But Western states see a 28.1% increase
BY JEB BING
Following an upwardly revised rate
in October, housing starts in November
slipped 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 million units, according
to newly released figures from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
However, three-month moving averages
for total and single-family production were
at their highest levels since the recession.
“These numbers are in line with our latest surveys, which show that single-family
builders are confident that the market is
gradually recovering,” said Kevin Kelly,
chairman of the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder
and developer from Wilmington, Del.
NAHB chief economist David Crowe
“Over the course of the year, the number
of houses under construction has been on
an upward trajectory, signaling that housing
3030 Lakemont Drive #3 R. Callahan to R.
Parras for $627,500
704 Lakemont Place #1 L. Thaler to K. Shiffer
4704 Norris Canyon Road #201 KB Home to D.
Rai for $520,000
602 Norris Canyon Terrace D. Mills to M. Babst
9107 South Gale Ridge Road T. & H. Geriak to
T. Nguyen for $1,180,000
7502 Stoneleaf Road Nelsen Trust to S. & L.
Bruksha for $750,000
18 Stow Court J. Nguyen to T. & J. Otani for
3927 Veritas Way Wright Trust to I. Mohammed
765 Watson Canyon Court #235 E. Iovino to J.
Tong for $399,000
9503 Broadmoor Drive N. Ginn to M. Dolan for
2901 Burnbrae Way V. & A. Sampath to M.
Yashvant for $1,180,000
2834 Calais Drive J. & B. Payyappilly to S. & S.
Gangapurkar for $660,000
5045 Campion Drive P. & J. Choi to K. Park for
9777 Davona Drive E. King to G. & M. Marella
305 Domingo Court Wangan Trust to E. & B.
Rogers for $915,000
339 Eastridge Drive K. Forschelor to J. Levy for
68 Fife Court Javier Trust to M. Kosinski for
320 Ginger Court Guard Trust to N. Guard for
3489 Ironwood Drive Shapell Industries to F.
Huang for $1,350,000
4011 Lilac Ridge Road S. & M. Ivie to T. & R.
Ebbert for $1,280,000
221 Majorca Drive C. Morriss to J. & C. Hartley
3858 Mandy Way K. Low to S. Xiong for
2949 Millbridge Drive W. & B. Ceresa to Y.
Kolambkar for $835,000
4704 Norris Canyon Road #102 KB Home to A.
& P. Rowley for $499,000
4708 Norris Canyon Road #202 KB Home to J.
Brandman for $499,000
4708 Norris Canyon Road #206 KB Home to E.
& B. Whitlock for $524,000
2637 Paige Way H. Du to U. & N. Dhanikonda
151 Pebble Place D. & A. Ozment to C. Sena for
540 Roubaud Court S. & M. Boulton to P. Islam
61 Sage Circle Whalen Trust to P. & M. Murai for
710 Sutter Creek Lane A. Kershaw to M.
is moving forward,” he said “With strong
demand, affordable home prices and favorable interest rates, we should see housing
production continue to grow in 2015.”
Single-family housing starts were down
5.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
677,000 units in November, while multifamily production rose 6.7% to 351,000 units.
Regionally in November, combined housing production increased in the Northeast,
Midwest and West, with respective gains of
8.7%, 14.4% and 28.1%. Total production
dropped in the South by 19.5%.
Issuance of building permits registered
a 5.2% loss to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.035 million units in November. Multifamily permits dropped 11% to
396,000 units while single-family permits
slipped 1.2% to 639,000 units.
Regionally, the Northeast posted an
overall permit gain of 27.4%. The Midwest, South and West registered respective
losses of 7.3%, 10% and 5.6%. Q
Jayakumar for $382,500
1081 Vista Pointe Circle M. Reyas to L. Chung
121 Woodland Valley Drive Slack Trust to M.
Yadav for $960,000
9823 Belladonna Drive E. & K. Gottlib to S.
Santhanam for $800,000
5012 Campion Drive M. Sekera to M. & J. Fidow
9882 Del Mar Drive M. & C. Wynn to J.
Nevarezbear for $720,000
223 Forest Creek Lane J. & A. Hernandez to M.
& I. Brown for $729,000
10001 Foxboro Circle T. & J. Buchen to R. Solarz
5905 Lantana Way L. Gilbert to V. & S.
Pabbaraju for $875,000
2946 Marlboro Way R. Digrazia to V.
Ramaswamy for $715,000
2929 Morgan Drive W. & I. Sartin to A. & P. Das
115 Reflections Drive #11 K. Huetter to B. Bekic
818 Willow Pond Court H. & T. Yu to L. Yadagiri
5315 Alagro Court V. Balagopalan to K. Chen
5280 Campus Drive Western Pacific Housing to
W. Wong for $693,000
3714 Central Parkway M. Atencio to Shi Trust
4271 Clarinbridge Circle A. Day-Sobolik to H.
Luebbert for $487,000
7360 Cronin Circle S. Cheung to S. & N. Barter
5501 De Marcus Boulevard #525 P. & U. Nama
to G. & U. Sheth for $470,000
4743 Hazelwood Street F. Vora to P. Liu for
7358 Las Palmas Way S. Santana to A. Khanna
3456 Palermo Way T. Ledic to D. & M. Jacobsen
4515 Sandyford Court B. Leva to D. Kim for
7338 Sheffield Court R. Hoag to H. & D. Walton
6708 South Mariposa Lane J. Domingo to A. &
M. Woo for $670,000
6067 Turnberry Drive Law Trust to V. Nguyen
3419 Vittoria Loop Standard Pacific Corporation
to S. Ramaswamy for $832,000
5268 Campus Drive Western Pacific Housings to
C. Zhou for $548,500
11821 Dunstown Court J. Brown to P. McCardle
See HOME on Page 23
SALES AT A GLANCE
This week’s data represents homes sold during
Nov. 17-Dec. 11
Pleasanton (Nov. 17-Dec. 2)
Total sales reported: 29
Lowest sale reported: $395,000
Highest sale reported: $2,015,000
Average sales reported: $979,597
Dublin (Nov. 17-Dec. 2)
Total sales reported: 37
Lowest sale reported: $390,000
Highest sale reported: $1,610,000
Average sales reported: $653,902
Livermore (Nov. Dec. 2)
Total sales reported: 51
Lowest sale reported: $240,000
Highest sale reported: $1,379,000
Average sales reported: $616,173
San Ramon (Nov. 21-Dec. 11)
Real Estate Directory
Total sales reported: 55
Lowest sale reported: $298,500
Highest sale reported: $1,350,000
Average sales reported: $775,384
Source: California REsource
R P M M O RT GAG E , I N C .
OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND
550 Selby Lane
Call for price
Cindy & Gene Williams
4155 Casterson Court
Alain Pinel, Realtors
NMLS 30878 License 00907071
CA LIC# 01317997
30 W. Neal Street #105, Pleasanton
Continued from Page 22
11562 Manzanita Lane
D. Dawson to J. Castro for
4605 Sandyford Court R.
Anupati to Y. Polonskiy for
3682 Brodie Way T. Wang to
E. & D. David for $890,000
5250 Campus Drive Western
Pacific Housing to Cheung Trust
5256 Campus Drive Western
Pacific Housing to M. Abdul for
5260 Campus Drive Western
Pacific Housing to S. Mittapalli
5272 Campus Drive Western
Pacific Housing to P. Chavan for
5276 Campus Drive Western
Pacific Housing to D. & M.
Khurana for $673,500
3520 Corsica Court H. &
M. Harmon to T. & D. Le for
7310 Cronin Circle Chin Trust
to C. Wu for $420,000
6098 Hillbrook Place C.
Molina to K. Kotnana for
7344 Ione Court Corbett Trust
to N. Moran for $649,000
6380 Monterey Way L. Li to P.
Aschwanden for $650,000
7025 North Mariposa Lane F.
Ortiz to K. Tu for $715,000
2918 SPANISH BAY DRIVE
EXECUTIVE HOME IN DEER RIDGE! $620,000
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Branch Manager/Mortgage Advisor
4504 Sandyford Court C. &
N. Deiniger to S. Camacho for
4715 Sandyford Court
R. Kapoor to S. Josyula for
5207 South Esprit Loop
Western Pacific Housing to B.
Wang for $722,000
6230 Sussex Drive Gonzalez
Trust to A. & S. Comstock for
4840 Swinford Court M. Loke
to N. Chi for $610,000
11503 Treeline Place L.
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Older Commerical Property in downtown livermore,
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761 ANTIGUA TER
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7314 EMERALD AVE
7 BR 3 BA 2 master suits total of 7Bedrooms. 3
12457 MINES ROAD
5 BR 2.5 BA 5 Acre Estate! Remodeled kitchen.
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2444 DUTCH SLOUGH RD
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5980 Stoneridge Drive, Ste. 122
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550 Selby Lane
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